Edwin van der Sar

Have you read van der Sar's open letter?

Edwin van der Sar has written a heartfelt open letter to Manchester United supporters after Donny van de Beek’s transfer from Ajax.

Our former goalkeeper, who has been CEO of the Amsterdam club since 2016, arranged for the message to be posted in the Manchester Evening News on Thursday.

In it, he addresses fans directly, reiterating the journey Donny has been on with his boyhood side since joining as a youngster.

While sad to see Ajax’s star midfielder depart, he recognises that United is the next step in van de Beek’s journey and kindly asks supporters to help him realise his dreams.

You can read the full letter from Edwin below…

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“Dear Manchester United fans,

“I hope you’re doing well.

“It seems our paths have crossed again. One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he’s been with us since he was just a little boy.

“Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best. Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch championship.

“The team he was part of showed the world who we are and what Ajax stands for.

“Like you, we pride ourselves on being one of the best at developing talent and giving young players a shot at the highest level. You could say your new star is the embodiment of that pride.

“That’s one of the many reasons we don’t like to see him leave, but we understand it’s time for him to move on. To dream on.

“And where better to do so than in your theatre. Trust me, I know.

“Please take good care of our Donny, and help him dream.

“Enjoy the future,

“Edwin van der Sar, CEO, AFC Ajax”

Get ready for next season. Our 2020/21 home and away kits are available now from United Direct.

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