The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd is “bad news” for Donny van de Beek, according to the Dutch midfielder’s agent.
The Netherlands international signed for the Red Devils last summer in a deal worth £40m from Ajax with Man Utd fans excited to see what he could bring to the team.
However, the transfer has not worked out how everyone imagined it would with Van de Beek limited to just four Premier League starts all season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did use him more in Europe, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup but the midfielder was expecting to feature regularly in the Premier League.
Ronaldo completed his return to Man Utd on deadline day and that sparked Van de Beek’s agent into life as he tried to find a new club for him.
Despite successful talks with Everton, Solskjaer and the United board blocked his potential transfer to a fellow Premier League club.
Van de Beek’s agent Guido Albers told Ziggo Sport: “Cristiano arrived on Friday which we knew was bad news for us.
“[Paul] Pogba plays on the left, and with Cristiano’s arrival it means another extra player in midfield with Pogba moving away from the left.
“We had conversations with Solskjaer and the board. We took the initiative to find a club and our search ended up at Everton. We opened talks with Marcel Brands and Farhad Moshiri.
“On Monday night [prior to deadline day] we received a call from Solskjaer and the club who told us that a transfer was out of the question and that he had to report himself to training the next morning.”
Albers added: “The perspective now is that we stated that Donny is not a Carabao Cup player, or FA Cup player, or to play only in European games. Donny went to England to play in the Premier League.
“The way the conversation went this time [with Solskjaer] compared to last summer… things are much more clear now. I have full expectations that Donny will get his chance now.
“Donny worked extremely hard in the summer. He only had seven days off. The rest of the summer he trained to become top fit. He is totally ready.”