Eintracht Frankfurt manager Dino Toppmoller has apologised to Manchester United loanee Donny van de Beek for
his exclusion from the club’s UEFA Europa Conference League squad.
Van de Beek joined Frankfurt on loan during the January transfer window – the German club retain an option
to purchase the player outright for around £15m in the summer – in search of regular first-team football after a torrid few years at United.
The midfielder managed just two goals in four Premier League seasons with the Red Devils, and was even shipped out on loan to Everton for the second half of the 2021/22 campaign. Following his return from said loan spell, Van de Beek failed to make an impression under his former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag prior to an ACL injury which ended his 2022/23 campaign early.READ MORE
Since his loan move to Frankfurt, Van de Beek has featured relatively regularly, making four appearances – including three starts – in the Bundesliga thus far.
The Netherlands international’s frequent domestic playing time ensured that manager Toppmoller’s decision not to included the player in his squad for the next phase of the Europa Conference League came as a huge shock to many.