Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek is determined to fight for his place at Old Trafford next season, despite being linked with a move away.
A nominee for the Ballon d’Or 2019, Van de Beek struggled to live up to expectations last season after a transfer of £ 40 million from Ajax. He started just four Premier League games and looked increasingly confident with each passing week.
Van de Beek started just four Premier League games last season / Matthew Ashton – AMA / Getty Images
Van de Beek was excluded from Euro 2020 with the Netherlands earlier this summer due to injury and has now returned to training for United ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
90 minutes already revealed in March that United were open to the idea of including Van de Beek in their offer to Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho. That agreement was eventually agreed for straight cash, but the 24-year-old has also been linked to other clubs across Europe.
The Manchester Evening News writes that there have been “preliminary inquiries” about Van de Beek from unnamed clubs in La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga, but the player himself sees his future at Old Trafford and wants to fight for his place.
A restful summer is said to have made him feel “fit, healthy and ready”, with the groin injuries that ended his Euro 2020 hopes that are believed to have affected the later stages of the club season.
Van de Beek is currently working with United’s doctors and fitness staff after returning to training this week and will start taking part in full sessions with the rest of the squad from Monday.
It is therefore unlikely that he will be involved when United play QPR in a pre-season match on Saturday but will be part of the squad for further matches against Brentford (July 28) and Preston (July 31). The team then has a final summer friendly against Everton on August 7, a week before Leeds visit Old Trafford in a long-awaited Premier League opener.
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