New Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek has revealed he was warned by Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp that the Premier League is a ‘very hard’ league to play in.
On Wednesday, United announced the arrival of Van de Beek from Ajax in a deal worth around £40million.
Van de Beek is dating Estelle Bergkamp, daughter of the Highbury hero.
Bergkamp spent 11 years in England at Arsenal and is widely considered to be one of the best foreigners to play in the Premier League.
And Van de Beek says Bergkamp gave him an insight into the tough demands of English football.
“He may have played for a different club, but he is a legend in England and knows how things work in the Premier League,” he told De Telegraaf.
“He insists that it is great fun, but also very hard to play in it.
“I’m going to prepare optimally for that.”
United have a decorated history of Dutch players becoming heroes at Old Trafford.
Among them are Edwin van der Sar and Robin van Persie and Van de Beek has set his sights on emulating their success.
He said: “I hope to follow in the footsteps of the two Dutchmen they still talk about at United – Van der Sar and Van Persie.
“My goal after joining this beautiful young team is to help take the club back to where it belongs and to win trophies.
“You don’t want to know how relieved I am that the deal is done. We reached an agreement on Saturday but it was not until today that the paperwork was all done.
“As you know, I had a deal with Real Madrid and both clubs also had a deal. But for one reason or another that deal was never confirmed on paper.
“Players who were supposed to leave decided to stay and Madrid pulled out.
“Of course, I was disappointed and I wondered whether such an opportunity to join a massive club would happen again in my career.
“My my God. Manchester United is an absolute dream. They are an absolutely fantastic club in the strongest competition in the world.
“I did not have to think for longer than one second when the opportunity was made to me.”
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