Donny van de Beek has to ‘mentally adjust’ to being at Manchester United because it is ‘in every way a beast of a club’, warns Robin van Persie ahead of Ajax midfielder’s £40m transfer
- Donny van de Beek is set to be Manchester United’s first signing of the summer
- The 23-year-old is set to join on a five-year deal from Ajax in a £40m transfer
- He has agreed a five-year contract around £107,000-a-week before bonuses
Manchester United great Robin van Persie has warned Donny van de Beek about the pressures of playing for the club ahead of his £40m transfer.
Van de Beek is set to join from boyhood club Ajax imminently – in what will be United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer.
The 23-year-old has agreed a five-year contract around £107,000-a-week before bonuses.
Donny van de Beek has been warned about the pressures at Man United by Robin van Persie
Van de Beek is set to join United imminently in a £40m transfer from boyhood club Ajax
Van Persie says the Premier League is a ‘completely different world’ to the Dutch Eredivisie
While Van Persie – who was the catalyst for the Red Devils’ 2012-13 title – is delighted for his Dutch compatriot, he has warned Van de Beek that the Premier League is a ‘completely different world’ to the Eredivisie and that his hefty price tag won’t count for much inside the United dressing room.
‘Donny van de Beek is 23-years-old and that is a nice age to make a transfer to the Premier League,’ Van Persie wrote in his column for De Telegraaf.
‘I was a bit younger when I went to Arsenal, and in the locker room, I was considered a player for the future. Winning the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord meant nothing. The Premier League is a completely different world.
‘Donny will be brought in as a major purchase from Manchester United, but he will discover that those other 22 players have also been brought in as a “major purchase”. One had an even bigger transfer than the other.
‘It means that he has to stand there right away and he has to mentally adjust to that. Because Manchester United is in every way a beast of a club.’
Van Persie was the catalyst for the Red Devils’ Premier League title win during the 2012-13 term