- Newest Manchester United signing Donny Van de Beek revealed that he had agreed to join Real Madrid
- Ajax and Real Madrid also had agreed to a deal, but it was never finalized
- Did Zidane veto his signing?
Netherlands international and Manchester United’s newest signing Donny Van de Beek was destined to join Real Madrid before the pandemic happened. The financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, however, forced Real into reassessing their options, leading to them eventually walking away from a deal. The player opened up about the situation after signing with Manchester United this week.
“You don’t want to know how relieved I am that the deal is done. As you know, I had a deal with Real Madrid and both clubs also had a deal, but for one reason or another that deal was never confirmed on paper.”
“Players who were supposed to leave decided to stay and Madrid pulled out.”
“Of course, I was disappointed and I wondered whether such an opportunity to join a massive club would happen again in my career.”
But there may one more reason why Real Madrid didn’t sign Donny Van de Beek. It’s rumored that Zidane is not a big fan of the player and that he might have been the one that blocked the club from signing him. The Frenchman is very clear on who he wants and who he doesn’t want at the club. Back in 2018, Real Madrid was close to signing Kepa Arizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao, but it was Zidane that vetoed the signing and the goalkeeper ended up signing with Chelsea instead.