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'Now it's time... time for the next step': Ajax post emotional video after selling £40m Donny van de Beek to ... with departing hero delivering heartfelt monologue thanking his dad for support during 12 years at the Dutch champions

By David Wood for MailOnline

Published: 19:13 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 19:15 BST, 2 September 2020

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Ajax posted an emotional farewell to Donny van de Beek after the midfielder completed a £40million transfer to .

The Holland international, 23, came through the youth system and played a major role in the club's run to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019. 

And the Dutch club posted a video of Van de Beek's time at the club, with the midfielder speaking to his Dad on the phone in the voiceover. 

Ajax posted an emotional farewell to midfielder Donny van de Beek on Wednesday

Ajax posted an emotional farewell to midfielder Donny van de Beek on Wednesday

'You were there for my debut. My first goal. You were there for me when they sang my name,' Van de Beek says.

'I am so thankful for all your support from trainers, team-mates, fans and from you guys. Thank you, Dad. Thank you for everything.

'Now it's time. Time for the next step. Time for a new dream.' 

A product of Ajax's famous academy, the midfielder has made 175 appearances for the Dutch club, scoring 41 goals. 

The Holland international, 23, came through the famous academy of the Dutch club

The Holland international, 23, came through the famous academy of the Dutch club

He played a major role in the club's run to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019

He played a major role in the club's run to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019

Van de Beek left the club on Wednesday and joined Manchester United on a five-year contract

Van de Beek left the club on Wednesday and joined on a five-year contract

He won the Eredivisie and the Dutch Cup in the 2018-19 campaign, and was part of the Ajax side that was beaten by United in the 2017 Europa League final. 

Van de Beek left the club on Wednesday and joined United on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year, believed to be worth

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