Donny van de Beek ready for 'incredible opportunity' after sealing move to Manchester United

Dutch midfielder joins the Premier League club from Ajax in a deal thought to be worth an initial £35m

File photo dated 08-05-2019 Donny van de Beek PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 2, 2020. Manchester United have announced the signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek on a five-year deal, with an option to extend for an extra season. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire.
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Donny van de Beek said he is ready to embrace the "incredible opportunity" of playing for Manchester United after the Dutch midfielder signed a five-year contract with the Premier League club on Wednesday.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but British media reported that United paid an initial fee of £35 million (Dh171m) for the 23-year-old Netherlands international.

"I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history," Van de Beek said in a statement.

"I would like to thank everyone at Ajax. I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.

"I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United."

Having joined Ajax at the age of 11, Van de Beek scored 41 goals and provided 34 assists in 175 appearances in all competitions and helped them win the Dutch league title in 2018-19.

"Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team," United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

"His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield."

United have also been linked with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho but the German club have ruled out the possibility of the 20-year-old England international leaving.

United finished third in the Premier League last season to secure Champions League qualification.

The Premier League season kicks off on September 12 but United, who played in the Europa League semi-finals last month, begin their campaign against Crystal Palace at home on September 19.