Abdelhak Nouri turns 24 at present and can at all times maintain a particular place within the hearts of his former Ajax teammates.
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 yr – two years and 9 months after the tragic incident.
Often called 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 occasions for Ajax earlier than the incident.
Plenty of 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 final yr and introduced he can be sporting the quantity 34 as a tribute to Nouri.
The 23-year-old got here via the ranks at Ajax and has gone on to determine himself within the Holland nationwide group.
Van De Beek performed an necessary function within the Dutch membership’s Champions League semi-finals run and signed a five-year deal at Previous Trafford with the choice of an additional season.
Nouri is reported to have cried ‘tears of pleasure’ when he was instructed to Van De Beek’s gesture.
And his father, Mohammed, has revealed how he reacted when Van de Beek referred to as to inform them which shirt quantity he had picked.
He instructed NOS: “Donny referred to as me. He requested if I used to be okay with him taking part in with quantity 34.
“And I stated he ought to. I can solely be happy with that, it’s a pleasant gesture, very particular for us.”
He added: “Appie’s eyes appeared very sharp out of the blue.
“He had tears of pleasure on his cheeks and was clearly moved when he heard Donny’s voice. Donny is sort of a son to us.
“Everybody at our home was very emotional, proud of Donny’s great switch.
“It was a special occasion.”