Donny van de Beek was linked with a move to Real Madrid earlier in the summer, as the team reportedly wanted him in case they struck out on Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

At the end of the day, neither of them ended up joining Los Blancos, but there’s some speculation about the team trying to make a run at the Dutch youngster in January.

Hence, former Holland defender Mario Melchiot opened up to Goal to talk about van de Beek’s potential move out of Ajax, and urged the 22-year-old to think things through before joining Real Madrid:

“I like Van de Beek’s character and the way he plays. I just hope his first move is one to play. If not, then they had a player like Klaassen who did really well at Ajax but came to Everton and he couldn’t perform so he ended up on the bench because he couldn’t adjust to the English game.

Sometimes in Holland, they underestimate what some of us did to survive playing over there for 10 years. If he goes to Real Madrid one day, I am not saying he is not good enough, but if he isn’t given assurances that he will play, or get a fair chance, then he shouldn’t go,” Melchiot told Goal.

Moreover, Melchiot went on to laud Ajax’s work and the way they’ve put together a young, yet competitive squad, claiming they’ll continue to thrive even if their prospects move out of the team:

“They sold Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt for good money. If you look at that, they can sign players but leave space for another home-grown talent. De Jong and De Ligt are perfect examples. One was signed in De Jong and De Ligt was from the academy. They will continue the same way. They can’t hold onto success long, though, because they can’t hold onto their players for a long time,” he concluded.

As for van de Beek, he continues to raise a lot of attention for his outstanding display in the center of the pitch, and there’s no doubt that he’ll join a European giant in no time, so Ajax better make the most profit out of him while they still can.