Manchester United have signed scout Roy Beukenkamp from PSV Eindhoven, according to reports in the Netherlands.
Voetbal International reported that Beukenkamp will join Manchester United with immediate effect, and will take up the role of head of the first team scouting in the Netherlands.
The 48-year-old has been at PSV since 2015, and was signed on a one-year contract only, but confirmed that he would leave his post immediately as the chance to join a club like Manchester United would be impossible to turn down.
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Speaking to Voetbal International on his appointment, Beukenkamp said: “I was very comfortable in my work with PSV. This is an opportunity that might never come (again). I start immediately.”
The Dutchman, who was a goalkeeper during his playing days, has listed Groningen and FC Twente among the clubs he has previously worked for as a scout. He will now be on the look out for the brightest young talents across the country.
Beukenkamp’s appointment is a part of a massive rebuilding job taking place at Manchester United’s academy. Overseen by United academy graduate Nicky Butt, who was appointed Head of the Academy in February, the Red Devils are aiming to bring back their reputation of producing some of the finest players in world football.
The academy has been subject to intense criticism over the last few years, with a notable lack of investment at the lower levels such as the under 18’s and below. Butt has been brought in to fix this issue, and has been very active so far, bringing in several top scouts from around the world in order to be prepared in case the next Cristiano Ronaldo comes through.