Manchester United’s new signing Donny van de Beek will put on shirt quantity 34 in tribute to his former teammate.
Abdelhak Nouri collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrhythmia assault throughout an Ajax pre-season sport in 2017.
Nouri was revived on the pitch and airlifted to hospital.
Nonetheless, he was left with mind harm and in a vegetative state, and solely woke from a coma earlier this 12 months – two years and 9 months after the tragic incident.
Referred to as Appie, Nouri was born in Amsterdam and got here via Ajax’s academy to finally debut for his or her first-team.
He had performed 9 instances for Ajax earlier than the incident.
Quite a few his former teammates have chosen to put on the quantity 34 shirt in honour of Nouri.
Man City defender Philippe Sandler additionally requested the quantity when he joined the membership in 2018.
Van de Beek accomplished his £40million transfer to Manchester United on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old got here via the ranks at Ajax and has gone on to ascertain himself within the Holland nationwide staff.
Van De Beek performed an vital function within the Dutch membership’s thrilling run to final 12 months’s Champions League semi-finals and has signed a five-year deal at Previous Trafford with the choice of an extra season.
“I can not start to clarify how unimaginable a chance it’s to hitch a membership with such an incredible historical past,” Van De Beek mentioned.
“I wish to thank everybody at Ajax, I grew up there and I’ll at all times have a particular bond with the membership.
“I’m now able to take the subsequent step in my profession and carry out on the highest degree and there’s no greater customary than Manchester United.
“Everybody has instructed me how superb the Previous Trafford environment is and I’m trying ahead to experiencing that, as soon as it’s protected for the followers to return.
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“This staff has among the finest midfielders on the planet and I do know that I can study from them and likewise deliver my very own strengths to the group.
“Having spoken to the supervisor about his imaginative and prescient for this staff, the course that the membership goes in is massively thrilling and I can not wait to be part of that.”