Dutch star Daley Blind has admitted that transfer talk linking him with a summer switch to Manchester United is easily made.
As reported by Goal.com, the left back turn defensive midfielder has insisted that it's not surprising that the Red Devils have been credited with interest in him because of Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal.
Van Persie, of course, has been at Old Trafford for the past two seasons, and is an international teammate of Blind. Van Gaal, meanwhile, is the player's international manager, and will take over at the Theatre of Dreams after the World Cup.
It remains to be seen as to whether Manchester United will make a move for the Ajax ace in the near future, but he's certainly well aware of the rumours.
Speaking to reporters, Blind said: “All the attention is a very big thing now. But I try not to think about it too much and will stay with my feet on the ground.
“The link with Man United is easily made, because Robin [van Persie] is playing there and van Gaal takes over next season.”
Blind's fine showing for the Dutch in their 5-1 victory over World Cup holders Spain last week only further intensified his link with Manchester United.
And, despite the player having a contract with Ajax until the summer of 2016, Van Gaal could swoop for him at the end of the tournament.
But would it be a good move for the player and Manchester United?
It may well be the perfect fit. At 24-years-old, Blind is at the ideal age to take his career to the next level, and where better than at Old Trafford?
In truth, the player's relationship with Van Gaal and Van Persie would only help him settle into life in Manchester. As a player, he certainly has the ability to make a major impact at the club, and his versatilely can only be seen as a positive for United.
The Ajax man is capable at both left-back and defensive midfield - ultimately two positions Manchester United need to strengthen in. He's strong defensively and going forward, which will be key if Van Gaal decides to replicate Holland's tactics at Old Trafford for the 2014/15 campaign.
As a left-back, he would certainly be a cheaper option than Southampton teenager Luke Shaw, too. The England international certainly has the ability to become a world class star in the future, but Blind is arguably already in front of him.
And Manchester United are in need of immediate success, whilst Van Gaal will want players at the club that he trusts. Blind certainly has the trust of the new Manchester United boss, and Red Devils fans may well be seeing him star at the club from next season.
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