With a heartfelt message, Donny van de Beek confirms Manchester United’s departure.

Donny van de Beek (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has announced he will be leaving Old Trafford permanently this summer.

Van de Beek joined United from Ajax in September 2020 with a big reputation having enjoyed success under Erik ten Hag in Amsterdam. However, his Reds career never took off as he was never entrusted to be a first-team regular.

He made 19 appearances in the 2020/21 Premier League season but from then onwards he was a fringe player at best. In 2021/22, United loaned Van de Beek to Everton to regain some first-team fitness.

Things were looking up for the Dutchman until he suffered a thigh problem which kept him sidelined until the final day of the campaign. He would return to Old Trafford with renewed hope as his old boss Ten Hag was appointed.

However, this was short-lived as the United manager failed to find a place for him in his system. A loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt was unsuccessful and it was widely expected Van de Beek would depart Old Trafford one way or another this summer.

In a message to his followers on Instagram, the Dutchman shared that Wednesday, July 10 would be his last day at the club. He posted: “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.”

MEN Sport reported earlier this week that Van de Beek will be joining La Liga club Girona for €4.5million (£3.8m).