Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela.
The 20-year-old has become the first signing under new manager David Moyes. He was on trial at Old Trafford during the last few weeks of the season, and the South American seemed to have impressed the coaching staff of Manchester United during his stint. United delayed in completing the move as David Moyes, Sir Alex’s successor, was supposed to take the final call.
Manchester United have announced that the youngster has signed a five-year contract with the English club for an undisclosed fee. Varela also expressed his delight at signing for such a historic club and hopes that the Spanish speaking contingent at the club can help him settle down quickly.
“I’m very pleased to be a part of this club, one of the best teams in the world.
“As everyone in the world knows, this is a huge club that has won everything and I really hope that continues.
“I’m very lucky there are quite a few Spanish-speakers here,” he said. “It will certainly help me settle in.” – The new Manchester United signing was quoted in the club’s official website.
Italian clubs Udinese and Fiorentina were also interested in signing the youngster, but Varela’s priority was Manchester United. Interestingly the defender’s agent, Paul Betancourt, was the one responsible for Gaston Ramirez’s move to Southampton. Varela was yet to break into the Penarol first team, so he is fairly inexperienced. His signing, will mean that another South American full-back, Rafael, will now have competition in the squad, although Varela isn’t expected to make a big impact immediately – he is one for the future. The Uruguayan is also expected to represent his nation in the upcoming U-20 World Cup in Turkey.