Espanyol wonderkid Arnau Puigmal has confirmed his move to Manchester United through his Instagram account.
Manchester United have snapped up another hot prospect for the future. Arnau Puigmal – A Spanish wonderkid – has arrived from Espanyol in a move that has been confirmed by the player himself through his Instagram account.
The youngster posted a picture of himself alongside club legend Andy Cole and Under-18 manager Kieran McKenna, who will be in charge of the player. Puigmal will slot into the Under-18 side for United; for now at the very least.
The player was visibly elated as he captioned the picture with words that highlighted just how excited he was to secure what he considers a ‘dream move’.
“Very happy and proud to announce that I am a new @manchesterunited player, a dream come true. It’s time to work, come on red devils!”
Puigmal first entered Manchester United’s radar after United scouts saw the player in action at the Mediterranean International Cup – a competition where he was judged the most valuable player. The accolade is huge considering the competition has seen Neymar, Lionel Messi and Coutinho announce themselves in the same event.
The 16-year-old has been hailed as Espanyol’s best youth product in recent times, having captained the club’s Under-18 side last season. The midfielder was earmarked by the Catalan outfit as a player who could have broken into the first-team soon and would have been a key player in the future.
But, Puigmal has instead opted to sign for Manchester United. The 16-year-old has been made aware of the club’s plans to develop his talent and his potential path into the first-team setup over the coming years.
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The signing is sort of a coup for United, with reports that City were pursuing the starlet heavily and given the Citizens’ connections in Spain, for the Red Devils to beat their neighbours to the youngster is a positive for the club.
Puigmal joins Aliou Traore, Di’Shon Bernard and many more players who have arrived at United for the Under-18 side. It will now be upto Kieran McKenna to show how he can inculcate the philosophy of the United way in each of these whizkids – a philosophy that is slowly coming back to the fore.