Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek placated fans when he announced he was pleased to stay with the Amsterdam giants despite overtures from some of Europe’s elite clubs desperate to hire him. But the Sons of God’s supporters and the sporting powerbrokers at the cub are coming to terms with yet more speculation surrounding the versatile 22-year-old ace.

Van de Beek Ajax was widely rumoured to have penned a deal to move to Spanish giants Real Madrid but said in January he was happy to stay for one more season with Erik ten Hag’s side. Many thought his words were acting as some sort of smokescreen to deflect any possible criticism of the participant.

He said back at the start of the year:

“I’ve said it before and I will say it again: I will remain at Ajax this season. And maybe next season also. These reports about Real Madrid or Manchester United are a good sign, but it is not important now. I have said I will stay at Ajax and I will do this for 100 percent.”

And for a period, the problem seemed to fade away. Now it’s being reported in various media outlets that Premier League big boys Manchester United are attempting to have the Dutch schemer to switch to Old Trafford in the summer. Ajax face the perennial problem of clubs with bigger budgets snaffling their talent but, all in all, they’re well recompensed for their players and it does not seem to hinder their progress in terms of success on the pitch.

The Ajax production line keeps on moving and an increasing number of talent emerges from it.

United and Madrid will battle it out for the midfielder whose versatile character is a big attraction. His undoubted talent means that he has good numbers for this season, until the suspension of the Eredivisie on account of the outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus, he’d bagged ten goals and made 11 assists in this year.

It is said that the young star made a visit to Munich a month to see Bayern beat Hoffenheim 4-3. There was lots of speculation about the visit when it occurred, but Dest was quick to point out that he wasn’t actually invited by the club.

But he did hint at their interest in him when he said:

“I was there because I have family in Munich. So, I thought,’If Bayern are interested then I also would like to learn a little about the club’. I thought it would be a fantastic idea to check it all out. But I was not encouraged by Bayern like it was theorized. I was not invited by Bayern.”