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The Champions League plays offs have put van De Beek on Real Madrid's radar once again. Ajax's head coach Ten Hag is still showing his determination regarding the player: not only will he be featured in the play-offs, but he will be featured all season for Ajax.
The difficulty surrounding the possible signing of Paul Pogba had made the links between Van De Beek and Real Madrid stronger than ever, to the point where his signing seemed all but confirmed. However, it seems that the Dutchman is now straying away from it, although he is not entirely ruled out either.
Two days after tying David Neres down to a contract extension, Ajax have agreed a new deal with Hakim Ziyech.
Donny van de Beek is one of Real Madrid's transfer targets, but he is still in top form for Ajax. In the last game he played, he let the ball go in between his legs to allow Ziyech fire home. A great assist which does not count officially as one.
Erik ten Hag was asked about Real Madrid target Donny van de Beek ahead of Ajax's qualifier against PAOK.
Celtic will meet Slavia Prague if they reach the Champions League play-offs, Ajax perhaps have an easier draw, and Porto face a big test.
Despite confirming rumours that he is close to signing for Real Madrid, Donny Van de Beek is still focussed on Ajax. He scored against Vitesse after an assist by Ziyech.
Although signing Dutch players has not really been a part of Real Madrid's tradition, there are some exceptions and Rafael Van Der Vaart, one of them, had some interesting advice for Donny van de Beek, a Real Madrid target. According to Van der Vaart, his fellow dutchman should leave his doubts aside and sign for the Spanish giants.
Real Madrid has several plans in mind. Manchester United's French player Paul Pogba is the main candidate to land at the Santiago Bernabeu, but "Los Blancos" have a plan B that could end with Ajax player Donny Van de Beek playing at the Bernabeu. But which signing is more convenient for Real Madrid?
The Ajax coach, Erik ten Hag, admitted this Friday that Donny van de Beek's departure "would be a loss" for the club and pointed out that they will do "everything possible to keep him". However, he admitted that the club do not have much hope of keeping the midfielder if Real Madrid put in an offer.