The Ajax chief executive has talked about Van de Beek’s progress at Manchester United.
invested £35 million in
van de Beek
in the summer transfer window and brought him in fromAjax
on a five-year deal.
Since then, he has been struggling to earn a regular spot in the squad and has only started twoPremier League
games during his first season, and has been left on the bench in their last five games.
Former United goalkeeper
Edwin van der Sar
, currently serving as chief executive at the Johan Cruyff ArenA, was involved in the Van de Beek’s deal in the summer and has kept regular contact with his old club to discuss his progress.
“I do talk to a lot of people at the club. Fantastic attitude, he does well in training,” Van der Sar said.
“It [fighting his way into midfield] is difficult. [Paul] Pogba is coming back, [Bruno] Fernandes is very important, [Nemanja] Matic and [Scott] McTominay are also there.
"It’s no shame at all, it’s also a big club, isn’t it? Of course, it’s a large amount (Van de Beek’s transfer fee), but they are confident that he will get there.”
Van de Beek’s last game was against Watford in the FA Cup on January 9 as he played the whole game.
Ahead of the clash,
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
talked about his future at the club:
"There are so many examples of players needing a little bit of time, quality players, we have many examples ourselves and there are other clubs with examples and sometimes it takes time. I’ve spoken to him and made him aware of how much we rate him."