Out-of-favour Manchester United underdog Guillermo Varela is set for a return to his former club Atletico Penarol.
Varela is reportedly set to move back to Uruguay, after failing to impress in England and enduring a poor loan spell in Germany. The right-back featured in pre-season games for the Red Devils last summer, but was soon loaned out to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 24-year-old had a dreadful time in the German league as well, as he missed eight months of the season due a severe injury, and made only 10 appearances in all competitions.
To make things worse, the former Penarol defender had to sit out the German Cup final with an infected tattoo, angering the club officials, as he was warned against it.
The Uruguayan was back in his homeland most of this summer, and hadn’t returned to training before July 8, missing the club’s reserve games as well.
Meanwhile, according to MEN Sport, Penarol have agreed a transfer fee with United for the defender under a 3-year deal, which includes a sell-on clause, and the transfer could be confirmed by next week.
“Guillermo decided to play in Penarol for personal tranquility,” reported a MEN Sport source. “The player decided it after how badly he was treated in Frankfurt. His experience in Europe was not good. In 2017/18, Guillermo would have been making only £4,000 per week.”
Varela was David Moyes’ first signing of his short reign back in 2013, but the full-back did not manage to make a first-team appearance until two-and-a-half years later, when Louis van Gaal’s interest brought him back to Manchester following a loan spell at Real Madrid Castilla under Zinedine Zidane in 2015.
The Uruguayan went on to make 11 appearances for the Premier League giants, and became a hero for the club’s U21s after winning the U21 Premier League title, as he scored a crucial injury-time goal.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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