Van de Beek: the subtle brilliance of Ajax’s midfield maestro

Like many of the stars of Erik ten Hag’s youthful Ajax side who’ve captured the imagination of football fans around Europe this season, Donny van de Beek was not born the last time the famous Amsterdam club won the Champions League.

A member of Ajax’s vaunted youth system from the age of eight, the 22-year-old midfielder has been educated in the philosophies and methodologies that have seen the Dutch club crowned champions of Europe four times in their illustrious history, though.

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