Donny van de Beek’s agent Guido Albers has sided with Manchester United and urged his client to continue showing patience in order to earn more playing time at Old Trafford. The Dutchman’s representative made it clear earlier this week that he was “disappointed” with the way the Red Devils prevented the midfielder from leaving in the summer transfer window after just a handful of starts last season.
Van de Beek arrived for £34million from Ajax a year ago but spent most of his debut season on the substitute’s bench.
Most of his football came in the Europa League and other cup competitions but the club have refused to cash in on the 24-year-old and they remain hopeful he will come good.
Speaking to Voetbal International several days ago, the player’s agent took a swipe at United for their lack of co-operation regarding a potential summer move, referencing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s had promised Van de Beek playing time before.
“There was a lot of interest from Italy, Germany, England, so that looked good. But you need the co-operation of the club, and it looked like they would, but ultimately they didn’t,” Albers told Voetbal International.
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“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.”
Now in a separate interview with talkSPORT, Albers appears to have changed his tune by making it clear he wants his client to knuckle down to earn opportunities at United, something that is not a given.
“He [Van de Beek] is patient. He is a good guy. The problem is the environment is not patient anymore. People who write about him don’t know the story, they all write their own story. That’s 2021,” Albers said.
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“At the end he [Van de Beek] wants to play, but he has to accept that he will have to be more patient than he was willing to be.
“He’s not the type of guy who does crazy things and changes his mentality.
“He won’t get guarantees and I think that’s fair. Coaches have to do their jobs and players have to do their job — he is not looking for guarantees. He is working hard every day and if he gets his chance he will go for it.”
Van de Beek has had a rough ride in recent times after he was forced to miss Euro 2020 with a groin injury.
The unfortunate timing of the problem capped off his rotten luck since making the move to United, where Van de Beek has struggled to enjoy his football as of yet.
He did however start in midfield for the Red Devils on Wednesday in a friendly behind closed doors again Stoke.
The Championship club are understood to have won the match 4-3.
Van de Beek will be hoping to use the international break as a chance to make an impression on Solskjaer ahead of the Premier League’s return next weekend.