Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag provides update on Donny van de Beek to Real Madrid

David Cooper 13/08/2019
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Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag is confident Real Madrid target Donny van de Beek will remain with them.

Van de Beek, 22, has been linked with the Santiago Bernabeu giants throughout the summer and talk has strengthened since a protracted pursuit of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba met a likely end with last week’s closure of the Premier League’s transfer window. The Netherlands international himself confirmed discussions were under way earlier this month.

“[Van de Beek] only dedicates himself to playing,” said Ten Hag to reporters prior to Tuesday’s second leg against PAOK, with the third-round Champions League qualifier all square at 2-2. “I guess and I hope that he stays with us this season.

“Otherwise, I will hear from [Ajax’s director of football,] Marc Overmars.”

Van de Beek has notched two goals and two assists from both 2019/20 Eredivisie games for the defending champions. They have already banked more than €150 million this summer from sales of centre-back Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus and midfielder Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona.

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Lionel Messi urges PSG superstar Neymar to snub Real Madrid and return to Barcelona

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Lionel Messi has urged ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar to snub a switch to Real Madrid and return to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

Neymar, 27, has endured a contentious summer that has included returning late to training with the champions and being dropped for this weekend’s Ligue 1 opener after sporting director Leonardo stated talks about an exit were “more advanced than before”.

Both El Clasico combatants continue to be strongly linked with hiring a superstar forward who netted 105 times in 186 run-outs for Barca before August 2017’s world-record €222 million exit to Parc des Princes.

Marca have stated that Argentina icon Messi has spoken to Neymar on the telephone and urged him to reject advances from Santiago Bernabeu and pursue a comeback to the side he joined from boyhood club Santos in June 2013 for €57.1m.

Neymar retains a firm friendship with Messi and fellow Barca front man Luis Suarez. The La Liga holders hope this could prove pivotal.

Both Barca and Real require either substantial player sales or a part-exchange deal to fund the ambitious move.

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Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru joins Monaco for an undisclosed fee

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Henry Onyekuru

Henry Onyekuru has completed a transfer from Everton to Monaco for an undisclosed fee, the clubs have announced.

Nigerian forward Onyekuru joined Everton from Belgian team KAS Eupen in 2017.

He spent spells on loan at Anderlecht and Galatasaray, helping the latter to the title in Turkey last season, and never played for Everton.

“AS Monaco is pleased to announce the signing of Henry Onyekuru from Everton,” read a statement on the Ligue 1 club’s official website. “The Nigerian offensive midfielder is committed to five seasons.”

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