Dutch outlet Omroep Gelderland turns Donny van de Beek’s transfer to Manchester United into a local story today.
The regional broadcaster managed to interview a few people from his home town Nijkerkerveen to talk about his move to the Red Devils, and show how proud they are.
One of the interviewees was his father, André van de Beek, who says the transfer is “a dream come true”.
Omroep reports his phone hasn’t gone quiet since the news were broken. André added “it’s a proud village”, and highlights the step to a “wonderful club”. He claims there were many offers for his son, “but Donny decides himself”.
Omroep also managed to speak to the midfielder’s academy club Veensche Boys. Chairman Jan van Leuveren is proud of what the player is achieving, even though the club won’t make any money with the transfer.
“When we’re struggling, he helps,” says the chairman, who reveals that Van de Beek contributed financially towards building stands at the club’s ground.
The official believes Manchester United is matched only by Real Madrid as the biggest club in Europe, and says the player “deserves it”.