Donny van de Beek’s agent Guido Albers has come out to reveal how Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stopped Van de Beek from joining Everton before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Netherlands international has now given his side of the story in an interview with Rio Ferdinand.
According to Van de Beek, Solskjaer promised him game time this season and decided against him joining Everton.
Asked whether he was close to joining Everton, Van de Beek told Rio Ferdinand on Vibe with Five: “Erm, no. I speak with the manager and the club about it and they were clear they wanted me to stay here.
“The manager was really positive about me, he said: ‘I need you and I want you to keep you here.’
“It’s difficult because I haven’t played one minute in the league, but he said, ‘what I see every day in training, I see a different Donny now.’ He was really positive about me.
“I’m feeling well, to be fair, I’m in good shape, I hope that I can show the people that I improve a lot now.”
Although Van de Beek is still yet to get his chance, he believes he can trust Solskjaer and that the United boss will give him a chance this season.
“I need to trust him, if he don’t need me I think he’ll let me go,” said Van de Beek of his boss.
“I think he has plans for me, I just need to work hard and I hope one day I can show the people what I can.”