Donny van de Beek’s loan spell at Frankfurt is falling apart… (Photo: Getty)
The midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on loan from Manchester United in January, and they have the option to sign permanently for £10million.
After three-and-a-half disastrous years at Old Trafford, it was hoped that a fresh start in Germany was on the horizon, but so far the nightmare has just continued.
Van de Beek struggled in his first three appearances for Frankfurt and was even hauled off at half-time of their win over Mainz after completing just five passes in that time.
The Dutchman was left on the bench for their most recent clash against Koln and may well struggle for game time going forward after he was not named in Frankfurt’s squad Conference League squad.
As per UEFA rules, clubs are only allowed to make three changes to their 25-man squad ahead of the knockout stages, with Frankfurt choosing to register January signings Sasa Kalajdzic and Hugo Ekitiké, as well as the previously unselected Philipp Max.
This has left no room for Van de Beek, with the chances of a permanent exit from United now looking far less likely for the 26-year-old.
Frankfurt can buy Van de Beek for £10m at the end of the season (Photo: AP)
Frankfurt, who are currently sixth in the Bundesliga, are set to play Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise in the Conference League play-off round in February.
Following his loan exit, Erik ten Hag, who has managed Van de Beek at both Ajax and United, tried to explain why the player had struggled so much after being tipped for stardom.
He said: ‘From the moment I came here at Man United, he wasn’t the player I had at Ajax because he was injured and so many times he was unavailable.
‘Then he struggled for a long time with recovering from that injury. So I think that is probably the main reason for why he wasn’t playing.
‘Then we decided on a loan in the summer and nothing came, then his opportunities were so few because also we made appointments and agreements with players and there was conflict in those positions, the competition was high.’
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