Van de Beek eager to join Real Madrid

AS understands that, within the Ajax dressing room, it has been made plain that he is eager to join Madrid if Los Blancos finally opt to sign him over their more high-profile summer midfield target, Paul Pogba.

From outside the club, there are voices urging the Dutch international to jump at the chance to go the Bernabéu. “If I were Van de Beek, I’d go to Madrid on a bicycle,” was the unequivocal advice given to him by former Madrid and Ajax star Rafael van de Vaart.

But while Van de Beek talked openly about Madrid post-match, he also did not hold back in admitting how hard he would find leaving the club that has put him on the footballing map.

A product of Ajax’s fabled academy, his emotional ties to the club run deep. Asked what he would prefer to do – stay in Amsterdam or go to Spain – he admitted: “Both options sound good.”