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Real Madrid: Van de Beek agent explains options for player

The representative of much sought after Donny van de Beek, Guido Albers, has spoken about football post-Covid-19, and what it could mean for his player.

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Football agents rarely get much sympathy from fans, certainly not the ones at the top end of the game, but they too are looking with some concern at the short-term future of the game as a period of relative austerity looms. The break in play due to the coronavirus pandemic has closed the revenue tap of clubs, many of whom are already juggling to balance the books, and agents such as Volker Struth (Toni Kroos) has warned that there will be fewer transfers post-Covid-19 and the transfer amounts will be significantly reduced.

De Beek has more than Madrid to consider

Along similar lines to Struth, the representative of much sought after Donny van de Beek, Guido Albers, has also spoken on the subject with Voetbal International, highlighting the uncertainty ahead.

"What's going to happen to Donny? No one knows at this time. The interest of various clubs, which is known, has been there for a long time.

“We will see what happens in the coming weeks. I wouldn’t dare say anything about it, also because some things are confidential, although coronavirus will have changed the situations of some clubs and we will have to look at that closely.

Albers also predicts a market with fewer player movements and less money involved, although he is confident that the new situation could have positive consequences for his client. After shining for Ajax, the financial muscle of Real Madrid looked to be taking them to the front of the queue for his services. He believes the choice of clubs now may be widened for Van de Beek as the playing field is levelled.

“Everything will be different, but I also have to be realistic. It creates opportunities for clubs that perhaps thought that they no longer had a chance and are now knocking on the door. I'm not worried about Donny."

Of course, there is always a chance that Van de Beek could stay longer at Ajax, just as he did last summer as the elite clubs circled.

“'For Donny, as he’s always said, the most important thing is to decide based on his feelings. That which he believes is best for him and which he believes will be the most successful.

“He did it last year and will continue to do it this summer. Don't forget that Ajax is the club he came to when he was a young player. It would not a punishment to stay and play for Ajax. He will also include that in his consideration.”