Van de Beek joined from Ajax for £35million in September 2020 but has not been able to make a first-team impact and regularly finds himself benched. As a result, his camp were keen to secure him regular football.
But with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to have stopped him from joining Everton, Guido Albers has reiterated that there was plenty of enquiries for Van de Beek from across Europe, and said to now expect him to play more for United.
‘There was a lot of interest from Italy, Germany, England, so that looked good,’ Albers told Voetbal International. ‘But you need the co-operation of the club, and it looked like they would, but ultimately they didn’t.
‘Disappointed, but also assuring for him, so that he will get his chance, and will get his minutes, but this will become clear in due time.
‘He’s been promised that before, but we came to a clear agreement about this with the club, so we have all faith that it will happen now.’
Quizzed further on whether Van de Beek himself is disgruntled by the stance from United, Albers added: ‘I won’t say. But everybody who knows Donny knows he loves the game and he wants to be on the pitch every week.
‘So from this answer, you can probably tell what he wanted most.’
Van de Beek’s deal at United runs down in 2025, but his long-term future remains uncertain because of his lack of game time. Last season, he started just four matches in the Premier League, and played 36 times in all competitions.
Regularly finding himself behind the likes of Paul Pogba, Fred and Scott McTominay, despite United’s well-publicised woes in midfield, Van de Beek has again been an unused substitute in the club’s first three fixtures this term.
He was dealt another blow recently after being left out of Louis van Gaal’s Holland squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers this month against Norway, Montenegro and Turkey due to concerns over his club fortunes.
Van de Beek was told by his compatriot that he needs to start playing regular football for United before he can earn a return to the international fold, and both men also spoke over the phone for 45 minutes to discuss his situation.
According to AD in his homeland, meanwhile, Van de Beek insisted on a stint away from United, and a deal with Everton was seemingly progressing well. Boss Solskjaer, however, is said to be intervened and wanted to keep him.
The report adds that United chiefs were prepared to let Van de Beek go under ‘certain conditions’, and because Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming at Old Trafford may see Paul Pogba moved back into midfield once again.
After the 1-1 draw at Southampton, Solskjaer revealed that Van de Beek does still have a role under him at United, despite failing to call on him at all so far this season.
‘Whenever you don’t win a game you look at it but I always look at it as much when you win as well,’ he said. ‘What could we have done differently?
‘I thought Nemanja [Matic] was excellent, Antho [Martial] was close to scoring a goal but Jadon [Sancho] and Donny will be important for us.’