Donyell Malen’s Biography

    DONYELL MALEN born 19 January 1999 is a Dutch professional footballer of Surinamese descent who plays as a forward for PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands national team. This Young player is gifted and strikes the ball very well with both his left and right feet. Malen is a joy to watch and he has featured at youth level for Ajax and Arsenal..

    Family Background

    He was born of the union between his Dutch mother, Mariska Manshanden, and his Surinamese father, Robert in the city of Wieringen, the Netherlands on January 19th, 1999.

    His mother played a very important role in his development as a footballer. She has been a pillar of strength for this boy. He’s lucky to have a mum like her

    Donyell Malen and Liesje Chanayla

    Donyell is not so extravagant, his private life is not often publicized to the world but he is a fan of Surinamese cuisine and is good friends with fellow Dutch footballers Matthijs de Ligt and Justin Kluivert. he also has a girlfriend named Liesje Chanayla who is also of the Surinamese origin and they look very happy together


    Club Career

    Arsenal FC

    Donyell started playing for the youth teams of Arsenal in the Youth Premier League together with the FA Youth Cup, and the UEFA Youth League in the 2015–16 season. He made his impressive talent known during his debut season for the Gunners. He provided an assist in Arsenal’s 2–0 win over Bayern Munich in their October 2015 Youth Champions League match. He also scored with chips in matches against Brighton and Hove and West Bromwich Albion in the 2015–16 Youth Premier League. Malen also scored during that season against clubs such as Aston Villa, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers and Southampton for Arsenal. Malen found himself on the scoresheet in the FA Youth Cup quarterfinal away to Coventry City which Arsenal won on penalties. Coming off the bench, he scored against Manchester City in the semi-final of the 2016 FA Youth Cup at the Emirates Stadium.

    On 6 February 2016, it was reported that Malen signed his first professional contract with Arsenal. Malen was altogether capped 30 times during the 2015–16 season for Arsenal’s youth wherein he found himself on the scoresheet in a total of 14 occasions.

    During the 2016–17 season, Malen was used a great deal on the wing. He scored against Brighton and Hove in a 3–0 victory, and found an assist for the Gunners U18s in their 1–1 draw away against West Ham United. He also got another assist which came in a 1–0 win against Norwich City and ticked off another goal in a 1–1 draw vs Aston Villa. He again offered an assist in a 1–1 draw against FC Basel in the UEFA Youth League. Malen also got up on the scoreboard and assisted in a 3–0 defeat of Leicester City as well as netting in a 3–1 victory vs that of and Southampton F.C. in January 2017. He also scored, delivered an assist, and fostered a penalty, in a 4–1 win against Chelsea in February 2017 for Arsenal’s U23s. In March 2017 Malen delivered an assist in a 2–0 win for Arsenal’s U23s over rivals Tottenham in the North London Derby. Also, in that month, Malen scored for the U23s vs Man City in a 3–3 draw at home. In April 2017 he scored again against Sunderland in an away game that finished 2–1 to the hosts. Malen then netted a brace in a 5–1 rout of Blackburn Rovers U18s on 29 April 2017 away at Blackburn. He again scored against West Ham United in a 3–3 draw within May 2017, of which helped propel Arsenal’s U18s to runners up of the U18 Premier League of 2016–17.

    Malen was called up on 9 July 2017, as part of Arsenal’s squad for the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and China. He made his senior debut for Arsenal in the Gunners 2–0 win over Sydney FC on 13 July 2017. also played against Chelsea for the Gunners in a 3–0 loss in Shanghai. All in all, Malen was capped 67 times, scoring 27 goals altogether for Arsenal.

    PSV Eindhoven

    Donyell moved to PSV Eindhoven in late August 2017. This surprising deal was to the dismay of several Arsenal fans, who held great hopes for the Dutchman.

    Malen went on to play as a winger for Jong PSV. With PSV II he delivered an assist in an Eerste Divisie game upon 20 October 2017 against RKC Waalwijk which finished 3–2. On 24 November 2017 Malen scored a brace in Jong PSV’s 6–0 thumping of Telstar. He again netted in PSV II’s 3–0 win over FC Oss on 27 November 2017. Malen scored and picked up an assist in PSV II’s 2–3 loss to Fortuna upon 4 December 2017. He again scored in a 1–1 draw away to Go Ahead Eagles upon 12 December 2017. Malen went on to be named in Voetbal International’s Jupiler League team of the week a day later. Malen was bestowed with the Bronze Bull for being the Best Talent for the second period of the 2017–18 Jupiler League upon 29 January 2018. He went to make his debut for PSV in a 4–0 Eredivisie win over PEC Zwolle on 3 February 2018. went on to win the 2018 Eredivisie title with PSV. He also ended the 2017–18 season as Jong PSV’s top scorer. On 14 September 2019, Malen scored all 5 goals for PSV as they thrashed Vitesse

    Donyell Malen’s Contracts Controversies

    Malen has had few controversies regarding his career, save for when his contract was near its tail end in the summer of 2017, and also his arrival from Ajax Football Academy.

    Malen said Arsenal wanted to extend his contract in the summer of 2017, but he decided that a move to PSV Eindhoven would have been far better for his career progression. “That I was sent away from Arsenal is certainly not true,” he said. “I still had a contract for a year and Arsenal even wanted to extend that. “I don’t play football for money. I never did that. Otherwise, I would not have left England.” Malen suffered the indignity of being substituted on and then off again by PSV boss Mark van Bommel earlier this season. With his side 2-1 up and hanging on against FC Groningen, Van Bommel chose to replace him in an attempt to preserve their slender lead. “I did it for the team and try to help the team so that we could get some grip on the game again,” he said. “It is rotten for him. I didn’t do it to belittle him.”

    When he arrived in the summer of 2015, it sparked a lot of controversies. The 18-year-old arrived in north London in the summer of 2015 from Dutch giants Ajax, it was a move that caused plenty of controversy from those within the Dutch football community. Malen was seen as one of the country’s brightest young talents and there was lots of anger that he had been tempted away to continue his development abroad.


    Donyell has not given any stance on his religion, therefore it is not valid to say whether he’s a Christian or a Muslim or any other. It is however clear that he is a well-behaved player and loves football to the core.

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