‘I guess and hope that he stays with us’: Ajax boss Erik ten Hag optimistic Real Madrid target Donny van de Beek will remain with Eredivisie champions
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is hopeful Donny van de Beek will remain at the club this summer amid heavy attraction from Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old Dutch international, who played a key role in Ajax’s fine form last season that saw them reach the Champions League semi-finals, recently confirmed Madrid are in talks with his club over his transfer.
But it appears he may now remain in Amsterdam beyond this summer, with Ten Hag suggesting a deal isn’t close.
Ajax’s Donny van de Beek has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer
‘[Van de Beek] only dedicates himself to playing,’ Ten Hag said ahead of Tuesday’s second leg against PAOK, with the third-round Champions League qualifier locked at 2-2.
‘I guess and I hope that he stays with us this season. Otherwise, I will hear from Marc Overmars.’
Van de Beek shone as Ajax drew 2-2 with PAOK last week in Thessaloniki.
The talented midfielder has also scored twice this season and created two assists in as many Eredivisie matches this season as they look to defend their title.
Erik ten Hag is optimistic Van de Beek will remain with the Eredivisie champions this summer