Manchester United keeping out-of-favour midfielder Donny van de Beek at the club would not be ‘fair’, journalist Dean Jones has suggested to GMS.

Manchester United keeping out-of-favour midfielder Donny van de Beek at the club would not be ‘fair’, journalist Dean Jones has suggested to GiveMeSport.

The 25-year-old has endured a hugely underwhelming time at Old Trafford over the last two and a half years since arriving from Ajax, and a summer exit now appears to be inevitable.

Manchester United news – Van de Beek

Back in October, 90min stated that ‘Van de Beek has been granted permission to leave’ the Red Devils after failing to establish himself in the starting XI under the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick and Erik ten Hag.

French outlet Jeunes Footeux (via the Daily Mail) then stated that Leicester City view the Netherlands international as an ideal replacement for Youri Tielemans should he finally depart the club.

However, speculation surrounding Van de Beek’s future has died down in recent months after he failed to revive his career despite Ten Hag, his former manager at Ajax, taking the reins at United.

The creative midfielder still has two and a half years left to run on his £140,000-per-week contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

Despite that, though, United will be very fortunate to recoup anywhere near the £40 million fee they paid Ajax to prise Van de Beek away from the Johan Cruyff Arena in 2020.

What has Jones said about Van de Beek?

When asked if Van de Beek will depart United in the summer, Jones disclosed that he believes the midfielder ‘has to’ and that Ten Hag will have ‘complete respect’ for his situation.

In an interview with GMS, he said: “I think it has to. I’m not sure it’s even fair to keep Van de Beek on strings if he doesn’t fit beyond this season.

“I think, luckily for him, he’s got a manager in there now that will have complete respect for him and his situation.”

Who could sign Van de Beek?

According to TEAMtalk, Van de Beek is among a quartet of players who will be made available for transfer by Ten Hag following the conclusion of the current campaign.

The report didn’t mention any specific potential suitors, although he is perhaps more likely to find a buyer abroad than in the Premier League.

That is because Van de Beek registered 41 goals and 34 assists in 175 appearances for Ajax compared to just four goal contributions across 60 outings for United.

Van de Beek’s reputation will surely be stronger in his homeland than in England, and he appears better suited to a slower pace of football.

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