'We'll meet again' - Manchester United star confirms transfer exit in message to fans

Donny van de Beek is leaving Manchester United for goodDonny van de Beek is leaving Manchester United for good
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Man Utd have completed their first sale of the summer transfer window.

Donny van de Beek has confirmed his permanent exit from Manchester United in an emotional message to fans.

The Dutch midfielder is set to join La Liga side Girona in the summer transfer window in a deal that will see United earn an initial €500k fixed fee, with achievable add-ons that will likely bring the overall fee up to the €4million or €5million mark. There are a number of extras that could potentially make it a deal worth €15million, though these are less likely to be triggered.

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It is understood United will also have a sell-on clause included in the deal, meaning that while they might not initially make much from the deal, they could claw back some of their investment if he rediscovers his form.

Taking to social media on Wednesday morning, Van de Beek penned a farewell message to United fans and explained why the club will always hold a special place in his heart, despite his struggles at Old Trafford.

“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,” he wrote. “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.”

During his four seasons at Old Trafford, the Dutch midfielder has made just 62 appearances across all competitions and last played a full 90 minutes when he was on loan with Everton in March 2022.

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