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Robin van Persie has sent warning to Donny van de Beek over “mentally adjusting” to the pressures of playing for Manchester United.
The Ajax star is on the brink of signing in a £40million move after the Red Devils made a breakthrough in negotiations over the weekend. The 23-year-old ace expected to sign a five-year deal at the Old Trafford.
Van Persie has played an influential role in the 2012/13 Premier League title triumph during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season as manager and knows everything about playing for United. He wrote in his column for De Telegraaf:
“Donny van de Beek is 23-years-old and that is a nice age to make a transfer to the Premier League. I was a bit younger when I went to Arsenal, and in the locker room, I was considered a player for the future.
“Winning the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord meant nothing. The Premier League is a completely different world.
“Donny will be brought in as a major purchase from Manchester United, but he will discover that those other 22 players have also been brought in as a ‘major purchase’. One had an even bigger transfer than the other.
“It means that he has to stand there right away and he has to mentally adjust to that. Because Manchester United is in every way a beast of a club.”
United are expected to confirm the move in the coming days, with Van de Beek agreeing a five-year deal – with the option of an extra 12 months.