By Oli Gamp For Mailonline
Published: 09:39 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 10:22 BST, 3 September 2020
Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar has penned an open letter to the club's supporters after Donny van de Beek's £40million move from Ajax.
The former goalkeeper, now CEO of the Eredivisie side, asked supporters of his old team to 'take care' of the midfielder and admitted he understood the need for him to take the next step in his career.
The Red Devils finally made their first signing of the summer on Wednesday by securing the Dutchman, who has excelled in midfield for Ajax over the last few seasons. He joined the club when he was just a child and his big move to Old Trafford continues his fairytale journey in the game.
Donny van de Beek has finally been unveiled as a United player after sealing his £40m move
Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar wrote a letter to United fans asking them to 'take care' of him
In a statement posted on Twitter, van der Sar - who played at United for six years in a hugely successful spell - heaped praise on van der Beek and promised fans they would get an 'amazing' player who embodies the club's pride.
'Dear Manchester United fans, I hope you're doing well,' he wrote.
'It seems our paths have crossed again. One of ours is joining you this season. And like so many players before him, he's been with us since he was just a little boy.
'Shortly after his debut, he became one of our best. Especially the last couple of years were amazing. From the Europa League final (no hard feelings) to our Champions League run and winning the Dutch championship.'
He praised his impact at Ajax and promised his old side they were getting an amazing player
The 49-year-old admitted Ajax were reluctant to part ways with van de Beek but gave his blessing for him to pursue his dreams at United having enjoyed a career there himself, and asked fans to give him their support.