Donny van de Beek ‘wants to quit Manchester United’.
The midfielder was a big-money signing for the Red Devils last season, but he has struggled to establish himself in the first team, making just two Premier League appearances.
According to the Daily Star, the disgruntled Dutchman plans to meet with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward before the end of the season, but he needs to abandon Old Trafford to restart his career.
Van de Beek has played 11 games in all competitions and has made 15 starts from the bench, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer choosing his other midfield choices.
He’s been positioned behind Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, and Fred, with Bruno Fernandes occupying the usual role in front of the two central defenders.
The 23-year-old is also apparently worried that his lack of playing time would hurt his chances of making Holland’s Euro 2016 team.
Since suffering a hamstring injury at the end of February, the midfielder has been out for the past three weeks.
He is, however, predicted to be named in United’s squad for the Europa League last 16 second leg tie against AC Milan on Thursday.
There have been indications that Van de Beek is dissatisfied with his condition at Old Trafford.
The midfielder came off in the 73rd minute of United’s FA Cup match against West Ham, with the score at 0-0.
When the Dutchman realized he was going to be removed for Fernandes, his face fell.
Jermaine Jenas, a BBC analyst and pundit who sympathized with his plight, said the midfielder was ‘playing with terror’ and lacked rhythm as a result of his reaction.
‘That expression on his face there that I just saw sums up sadly the way he’s playing right now with a touch of apprehension and a lack of rhythm,’ Jenas said as Van de Beek was substituted by midfielder Fernandes.
‘I don’t think he’s to be faulted, honestly. He’s out there doing everything he can to be competent.
‘However, if you don’t have the run of games in your system or the confidence that you can go out there and continue to make mistakes, you don’t reveal the full version of who you are, and the imaginative spirit that brought you to the football team in the first place, you don’t show the full version of who you are.’