Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has shut down “fake” reports linking Man Utd star Donny van de Beek with a move back to Ajax.
The midfielder came through the ranks at Ajax. He was a key figure for them for four years between 2016 and 2020.
Van de Beek won the Eredivise and the KNVB Cup during his time with the Dutch giants.
The 24-year-old signed for Man United last year for a fee that could rise to £40m with add-ons.
The Dutchman has not featured regularly for the Red Devils since his move to the Premier League.
Van de Beek only started four times in the league last term. He has also been out of the team this season as he has only played six minutes of Premier League football.
Romano has revealed via Twitter that talk of a move back to Ajax for Van de Beek is “fake”. Despite this, there are “huge chances” that he will depart United in January.
“Mourinho had it when we were at Chelsea. The team he would leave out on a Saturday was pretty much good enough to finish in the top six.
“If you want to be the manager of a top club you have to be able to make the ruthless decisions.
“He has to make some big decisions and he has to leave some big names out. Mourinho literally couldn’t care less.
“He knew he had a job and he protected his own job by picking a team to win a certain football match.
“If you want to work in big clubs that is what you have to do, you have to have that zero-tolerance attitude really.
“Ole comes across as a really nice guy and I can’t imagine he wants to upset many people.
“That’s fine, he can do it his way, he doesn’t have to upset people, he can deliver the message however he wants. But he has to deliver it at some point.”