DONNY VAN DE BEEK RELEASES EMOTIONAL MAN UTD STATEMENT AFTER CUT-PRICE EXIT

Donny van de Beek has thanked Manchester United after finally ending his Old Trafford nightmare.

The 27-year-old midfielder is on the verge of a move to Spanish side Girona. Taking to Instagram to confirm his exit, the Dutchman wrote: "Dear Manchester United family. Today is a memorable day as my adventure at the club comes to an end. I want to thank you all for your support throughout the years.

"From the moment we arrived at Manchester United, we felt extremely welcome and we are grateful for that. Thank you to everyone at the club for making us feel at home. A special thanks to all the fans that made these years unforgettable.

"Besides the football, the birth of our two children here ensures that Manchester will always have a special place in our hearts. Good luck to everybody, we’ll meet again."

Man United captain Bruno Fernandes was among the first to respond. Replying to Van de Beek's post, he wrote: "You deserve the best," alongside a red heart.

Girona are set to play next to nothing for Van de Beek's services. Reports have suggested that they will pay just €450,000 (£380,000) up front for the midfielder.

That could potentially rise to €4.5m (£3.8m) should a number of add-ons be met. It represents a huge loss for the Red Devils, who paid £35m for Van de Beek to sign him from Ajax.

He has made just 62 appearances for the Red Devils since then, scoring just twice. The midfielder was sent out on loan to Everton for the second-half of the 2021/22 season to revive his Premier League career but made just seven outings.

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Van de Beek's opportunities were equally as limited after making just eight appearances during a six-month loan spell with Eintracht Frankfurt last season. He was left out of the German side's European squad - a decision that then boss Dino Topmoller apologised for.

Speaking at the time, he said: “He’s only played a total of four games in the last two years, so it won’t happen overnight. But I have 100 per cent confidence in his quality, he’ll definitely help us in the second half of the season. I told Donny that I was sorry but also what I expected from him now.”

Erik ten Hag - Van de Beek's manager at Ajax - previously attempted to explain why he had not matched expectations at Old Trafford. He said: “He has had many injuries, first of all.

“From the first moment I came in here at Manchester United, he wasn't the player he was at Ajax because he was injured. So many times he was not available and then he struggled for a long time to recover from that injury. That is probably the main reason why he was not playing.

“We decided for a loan in the summer but it didn't come and then his opportunities are few because also we make appointments and we make agreements with players and contract players in that position. The competition was high.”

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