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Facundo Pellistri joins Alaves on loan from Manchester United


Manchester United have confirmed Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri has left Old Trafford to join Alaves on loan for the remainder of the season.

Signing £ 10million from Penarol over the summer, Pellistri is yet to make his United debut, coming closest when he secured a place on the bench for Champions League games with Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris Saint-Germain.

After impressing in the reserves, United accepted that Pellistri was ready for first-team football and recently started looking for a temporary home for the 19-year-old.

Alaves quickly got ahead of the race for his signature, and United have now confirmed on their official website that Pellistri will now spend the next six months in Spain to continue his development.

Pellistri had also received an offer from Belgian club Brugge, but reportedly pushed to move to Spain, having dreamed of playing in La Liga since childhood.

Facundo Pellistri, Ryan Cooney
Pellistri impressed on reserves | Gareth Copley / Getty Images

United were keen to ensure that Pellistri’s development was not held back by the arrival of Ivorian winger Amad Diallo, whose £ 37million move to Old Trafford was finally completed earlier in January.

The 18-year-old, who was nominated for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team in the near future, scoring two goals on his Under-23 debut in a 6-3 win over Liverpool , one of which was a delicious Panenka. hardly.

Like Pellistri, Diallo will now compete with Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James for a place in United’s attack alongside the still-present Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.

United want Pellestri to continue his development elsewhere with the hope that he will be ready to join the competition when he returns to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

With doubts about the long-term future of Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Daniel James, there could be a handful of places up for grabs in Solskjaer’s squad next season, and Pellistri will certainly be planning to do so. claim one.

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