Edwin van der Sar has sent a message to his former club after Manchester United confirmed the signing of Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek.
Donny van de Beek is now officially the 12th Dutchman to become a United player in the Premier League era and he will be sorely missed at Ajax, the club he had been with since his teenage years.
United reportedly paid a fee of around €39 million – plus another €5 million in add-ons –to convince Ajax to part ways with Van de Beek.
And legendary former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who is currently the chief executive officer of Ajax, has reacted to the news with a message to the Red Devils.
“Take care of him” tweeted Van der Sar, who won four Premier Leagues and the Champions League during his six years with United.
On Thursday morning, Van der Sar sent an open letter to United supporters via the Manchester Evening News to ask them to help Van de Beek to achieve his dreams.
“Dear Manchester United fans, I hope you’re doing well,” he wrote.
“It seems our paths have crossed again. One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he’s been with us since he was just a little boy.
“Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best. Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch Championship.
“The team he was part of the showed the world who we are and what Ajax stands for.
“Like you, we pride ourselves on being one of the best at developing talent and giving young players a shot at the highest level. You could say your new star is the embodiment of that pride.
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) September 3, 2020
“That’s one of the many reasons we don’t like to see him leave, but we understand it’s time for him to move on. To dream on.
“And where better to do so than in your theatre. Trust me, I know. Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream. Enjoy the future.”
Meanwhile, Ajax’s Director of Football Affairs, Marc Overmars, has celebrated the move for Van de Beek and insists that the midfielder is ready for the next chapter of his career.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2020
Overmars said: “This is a great transfer for Donny, one which he deserves. It’s also a compliment to Ajax’s youth academy, where he has played since he was 11.
“Last summer, there was a lot of interest in him but, luckily, we were able to keep him at Ajax for one more year.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) September 2, 2020
“In the months that followed, he proved very valuable to us in both domestic and European competitions. He has now been a part of the Ajax first team for almost 5 years. He is ready for this step and we will miss him.”
Former United striker Robin van Persie has issued a warning to Van de Beek ahead of his debut season in the Premier League but RVP predicts that the 23-year-old will have no trouble adapting.