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Mason Greenwood: Getafe coach breaks silence after signing striker from Man Utd on loan

Former Man Utd forward Mason Greenwood

Former Man Utd forward Mason Greenwood

Getafe head coach Jose Bordalas has spoken for the first time about their signing of Mason Greenwood on loan from Manchester United.

Greenwood completed his move to Getafe on deadline day, just over a week after Man Utd announced he would be leaving the club. The 21-year-old forward is aiming to revive his career after not playing for Man Utd since his arrest in January 2022.

The criminal case against Greenwood was discontinued in February 2023, which led to an internal investigation by his club. Ultimately, Man Utd decided it was best for Greenwood to go elsewhere to continue his career.

Getafe have emerged as his official takers and their head coach has now explained the thinking behind the move.

At a press conference, Bordalas said: “It is a very delicate situation to trivialise this issue.

“Everyone knows what happened and the appropriate measures were taken, obviously, we can only talk about football.

“Regarding the other issues, I believe that the people and the relevant authorities did what they had to do and everyone knows how it ended with a non-conviction sentence therefore he is a free person, a footballer of a very high level and who arrives at Getafe with enormous enthusiasm and that we are obviously going to help him so that he recovers back to his best level.”

Bordalas backs Greenwood to express ‘potential’

Pressed about the wider implications of bringing in Greenwood, Bordalas added: “I have already commented what I had to comment. I can only speak on a football level.

“We all know the potential he has. He is a very young boy, he is still 21 years old and we can help him adapt to a situation.

“It’s a different league but because of the potential he has, I’m sure that if he physically reaches a good level, I’m convinced of him because of how young he is and because we’ve been informed that he obviously wants to recover his professional status and Getafe can help him in that.”

Getafe will be just the second club Greenwood has represented in his career after previously developing through the Man Utd system. He scored 35 goals in 129 appearances for their first team.

Bordalas was speaking after Getafe’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on Saturday, in which Jude Bellingham scored a stoppage-time winner.

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