Trainer Erik ten Hag says that Ajax is very keen to retain Donny van de Beek, but he also realizes that it is difficult to say no to a club like Real Madrid. According to Spanish media, the 'Royal' wants to capture the 22-year-old midfielder and Van de Beek himself confirms that there is interest.
"Donny is incredibly important for Ajax. We are going to do everything within our power to keep him here," said Ten Hag on Friday at his weekly press conference at De Toekomst. "But when these types of clubs come into the picture, it becomes very difficult."
Van de Beek even decorated the front page of Marca on Friday morning. The Spanish sports newspaper reported that Real has tried in vain to take over Paul Pogba from Manchester United and has been transferred to Van de Beek. Allegedly the club of trainer Zinedine Zidane wants to pay 60 million euros for the seven-time Orange-international.
"I also saw that front page", Van de Beek reacted Friday after the training of Ajax opposite FOX Sports . "There is interest from Real, but people are always going too fast."
Furthermore, Van de Beek did not want to say too much about a possible transfer. "I prefer to focus on tomorrow's game against Vitesse."
MARCAVan de Beek's name is once again sounding around the offices at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid are seriously considering making a move for the Ajax midfielder this summer.With Pogba still Zidane's preferred choice, Van de Beek has remained as the first alternative.Avatar
"Van de Beek is fresh"
Should Van de Beek actually transfer to Real, he will be the third important player to leave Ajax this summer after Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong. Ten Hag is not surprised that another European top club is interested in one of its players.
"We performed well with Ajax last year and then this can happen," said Ten Hag. "That's how the mechanisms work as players develop and Donny has developed mega. And now he makes an excellent impression again."
Ten Hag also sees no reason to keep Van de Beek out of the team in the away game against Vitesse on Saturday due to the transfer problems. "He can just play and is fresh."
Alvarez not yet available
On the other hand, Ten Hag does not yet have access to newcomer Edson Álvarez, although the Mexican defender has now obtained his work permit. "He was on the training field for the first time here, but the game against Vitesse is still too early."
A number of other Ajax players will not be able to play a full match against the Arnhem team, because they returned from vacation due to international obligations. David Neres is one of those players, Ten Hag said. "I don't say anything about the rest. I don't want to make the opponent any wiser than it already is."
Vitesse against Ajax starts on Saturday at 6.30 pm in De GelreDome and is led by referee Paul van Boekel.
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