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“There was a lot of interest” — Donny van de Beek’s agent slams Man Utd for blocking summer move

By Ben Green

Published: 16:28, 1 September 2021 | Updated: 17:32, 10 September 2021

The representative of Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek has taken aim at the Old Trafford club after they refused to sanction his exit this summer amid interest from Italy, Germany and England, including Everton.

The Dutch midfielder has been on the periphery since joining the club from Ajax last year for £35m, starting just four Premier League matches in that time, and not featuring once this season in games against Leeds, Southampton and Wolves.

Having failed to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of warranting a starting berth in his first team, Van de Beek attempted to engineer a last-minute deal away from the club this summer, but his agent, Guido Albers, claims Man Utd refused to let him leave.

Everton were touted with a deadline-day loan move for the versatile midfielder, but a transfer to Goodison Park failed to transpire and the time has now passed for the former Ajax man to leave Old Trafford, until at least January.


Albers has since revealed his frustration towards the club for not being more cooperative once interest was shown in Van de Beek late on, but he added that he now expects the midfielder to be given a chance in the coming weeks, having been kept on board.

“There was a lot of interest from Italy, Germany, England, so that looked good,” Albers told Voetbal International. “But you need the co-operation of the club, and it looked like they would, but ultimately they didn’t.


“Disappointed, but also assuring for him, so that he will get his chance, and will get his minutes, but this will become clear in due time.

“He’s been promised that before, but we came to a clear agreement about this with the club, so we have all faith that it will happen now.”

Quizzed about Van de Beek’s general mood towards the current situation, Albers responded: “I won’t say. But everybody who knows Donny knows he loves the game and he wants to be on the pitch every week.

“So from this answer, you can probably tell what he wanted most.”