Donny van de Beek has confirmed that he will stay at Ajax for the rest of the season, excluding a January transfer to Manchester United or Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old Dutch international was targeted by Old Trafford leaders as they proposed to strengthen the club’s midfield, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay sidelined.
United bosses had hoped that Ajax’s Champions League exit could convince Van de Beek to seek a move this month, having previously said he would stay in Amsterdam.
The player’s agent, Guido Albers, previously discussed with United officials about the move to the Premier League.
But Real Madrid also monitored Van de Beek, who has scored eight times in 24 games for Ajax this season, as they seek a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.
However, speaking of the Ajax midseason training camp in Qatar, Van de Beek insisted that he will stand still.
“It’s not that I can or want to do something at the moment,” said Van de Beek on Saturday.
“I have already said it and I will repeat it: I will stay at Ajax this season. And perhaps also in the next.
“These reports on Real Madrid or Manchester United are a good sign, but it is not important now. I said that I will stay at Ajax and I will do it 100%.”
Asked if there were any positives in leaving Eredivisie for Manchester United this month, said Van de Beek Fox Sports Netherlands: “You can see it like this.
“It’s not something that comes to my mind right now, but what you say is true.”
Sources close to Van de Beek have told Mirror Sport that a summer move is “80% sure” to be in the Spanish capital rather than in the north west of England.
“It is too late for United now. Over 80% are certain that Van de Beek will complete the move to Real in the summer.
“The only hope for United is if Madrid withdrew from the transfer. But, at this moment, the move is still scheduled to pass in the summer. “
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane had reservations about the Dutchman’s signature earlier, particularly during Pogba’s summer chase in Madrid.
Apparently, the only hope for United to land Van de Beek this summer is if the Frenchman tries to conclude an agreement for his compatriot, thus reducing Van de Beek’s need for Santiago Bernabeu.
With Van de Beek remaining stationary for now, United are making a move for Bruno Fernandes, the captain of Sporting Lisbon.