New Manchester United midfielder Donnie Van de Beek said he will wear the 34th jersey in honor of his former Ajax Amsterdam teammate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered severe brain damage after suffering a heart attack in 2017.
Abdelhak Nouri, who wore this number, played his first match with the first team for Ajax in the 2016-2017 season, before his career ended prematurely, as a result of suffering a heart attack in a friendly match in Austria in preparation for the new season.
Although he woke up on the stadium and took him to hospital by plane, he suffered permanent and serious brain damage.
Van de Beek, who joined the "Red Devils" from Ajax on a five-year contract, said on Wednesday to the club's website: "This is special for me, because of my dear friend Abdelhak Nuri."
He added, "He had a heart attack and he is a close friend of mine and his family, and his brother is one of my closest friends and I talk a lot with them. That's why I decided to get his old shirt number, because I want to make some good memories with this number."
Van de Beek did not forget his friend Nuri, as he had previously honored him after his 34th minute goal against Juventus in the Champions League last year.
Ajax Amsterdam canceled Nuri's contract last March.