By Joe Ellis

14th Jan, 2022 | 3:40pm

Everton hopes of van de Beek signing dashed by Utd boss Rangnick

Manchester United interim manager Ralk Rangnick has stated his intentions of keeping Everton-linked Donny van de Beek at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has been nothing more than a backup since joining the Red Devils in 2020 for £40million [Sky Sports] and has since been linked with a move away from the club with Everton and Newcastle interested [ESPN].

But in his latest press conference, Rangnick made his desires clear and revealed he has already spoken to the player about remaining at the club.

“I want Donny van de Beek to stay,” Rangnick said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano, ” I had a conversation with him two weeks ago and told him I would advise him to stay until the end of the season — with the World Cup coming up in the winter, he wants to play.”

An ideal fit

It would be a shame if the Dutchman was to stay at Old Trafford because it has become evidently clear that he is never going to get regular game time at Manchester United.

Even the change of manager from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Rangnick hasn’t increased his involvement and it seems like he just wants to go and play somewhere… anywhere.

Everton could have been the perfect fit for him and his family given the short distance between the two clubs meaning he could have stayed in his current house.

He would also be one of the first names on Rafael Benitez’s teamsheet if he arrived and his technical ability could have created so many chances for attacking talents such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Demarai Gray.

But this latest development looks to have killed off any potential move for the 24-year-old in January but Rangnick will leave Manchester United at the end of the season at which point, the Toffees could try again.

In other Everton news, early team news for Norwich City game suggests that COVID-19 might have snuck its way back into the Toffees team.