Van de Beek reveals why he chose Everton over Crystal Palace, makes quality admission amid Man Utd frustration

Donny van de Beek has joined Everton for the rest of the season from Manchester United after also attracting interest from Crystal Palace.

Donny van de Beek told of his delight after joining Everton for the remainder of the season.

The Dutchman completed a loan switch to Goodison Park on January transfer deadline day.

He becomes the first signing of Frank Lampard’s reign as manager, having officially taken over the hot seat today.

Van de Beek has endured a difficult time at Old Trafford since joining from Ajax in the summer of 2020.

This season, the midfielder has only made eight appearances in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace were also keen to sign vn de Beek on loan before the window shut.

But he is relishing the challenge of helping Everton climb the table in the second half of the season under Lampard after a ‘positive meeting.

Donny van de Beek has joined Everton from Manchester United. Picture: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Image

Van de Beek told Everton’s club website: “Now I can say I am an Everton player, I am really happy and can’t wait to help the team.

“I think it is a great club - there are really good players here and I came because I want to help them go up the table.

“I hope to bring my football qualities, my passing, and, of course, scoring goals. It is a big part of my game to score and give assists and I will try to do that again. And it is not only offensive, you have to defend as a midfielder and I can do that as well.

“I had a really positive meeting with the new coach. We have the same ideas about football and he had a lot of influence on my decision.

“I played against him when I was at Ajax, and he was at Chelsea [as manager], so he knows me as a player. He thinks I have qualities that can help the team.

“I can learn a lot from him because he was a little bit in the same position – a midfield player who scored a lot of goals.

“He can help me a lot, so I think I’m in a good spot.

“I want to improve with Everton. There are always things that can be better and I work hard every day to do that.”

Van de Beek was highly regarded during his time at Ajax.

He scored 41 goals in 179 games, while he helped the Dutch giants to the league title and Champions League semi-final in 2019.

But since arriving at Man Utd, things haven’t gone his way.

Now van de Beek is determined to show his ‘quality’.

He added: “I want to show my qualities, my strengths, to the people in England – but especially the fans from Everton.

“The most important thing is we win games and go up the table.

“We have good players in the team and the talent and ability to go up in the league. But, for that, we need to work hard and I want to be part of this.

“Everton is a big club, with big players, the history and amazing fans. The Club has everything to go up and be higher in the table.

“I played at Goodison twice last season without fans - it will be lovely to see the stadium full.”