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Manchester United announce the signing of Uruguayan midfielder

 

Manchester United have signed Facundo Pellistri from Uruguayan outfit Atletico Penarol. The 18-year-old has joined on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.

Manchester United eventually failed in their pursuit of priority target Jadon Sancho, with Dortmund unwilling to lower their €120m valuation of the right winger.

Speaking to the club’s website, Pellestri said: “To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true. I have learnt a lot at Penarol and I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me.

“To have the confidence of the manager is an amazing feeling and I know that working with him will be perfect for my development.

“I am coming into a squad full of great players who I will learn from every day. Everyone knows that Manchester United is a club that gives young players an opportunity and I am ready to work hard every day to earn those chances and prove myself in England.”

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term. Whilst we understand it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, he is capable of having an impact with his pace and ability to beat his opponent.

“Facundo has the perfect platform at Manchester United to develop and he has all of the technical qualities and the right mentality required to become a top player here. We are all looking forward to working with him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.”