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Manchester United's Van de Beek honours ex-Ajax team-mate Nouri with shirt number

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Manchester United's new signing Donny van de Beek has revealed he will wear shirt number 34 in honour of former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after an on-pitch heart attack.

United on Wednesday announced they had completed a deal for the Netherlands international worth a reported initial €39 million.

Nouri, now 23, suffered brain damage while playing for Ajax in a pre-season game in Austria in 2017.

Van De Beek, also 23, explained why he had chosen shirt number 34 in an interview on United's official website.

"This is a special thing for me because my good friend Abdelhak Nouri... maybe you know the story, he had a heart attack and he's a good friend of mine.

"I'm really close with his family and his brother is one of my best friends and I talk a lot with them.

"So I decided to take his old number on my shirt and I want to get good memories with this number."

Van de Beek, who has signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing of the summer transfer window.

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