Mason Greenwood has responded to his deadline day loan transfer to Getafe by recording a video message for the club’s supporters.
Last month, Manchester United revealed the result of an extensive investigation, announcing that Greenwood would be pursuing his football career away from Old Trafford.
At one stage, there were reports suggesting that the 21-year-old might rejoin the squad at United, and the process was well underway.
👋🏻 𝗛𝗢𝗟𝗔, 𝗔𝗭𝗨𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗘𝗦!
— Getafe C.F. (@GetafeCF) September 4, 2023
Nonetheless, there was substantial resistance to his reintegration, as United explicitly stated: “All parties involved, including Mason, acknowledge the challenges associated with his return to Manchester United.”
Consequently, it was mutually agreed that he should seek opportunities elsewhere, and several clubs were given the opportunity to sign Greenwood.
The Athleticclaim Brentford, Borussia Dortmund, Italian sides AS Roma and AC Milan and clubs in the Saudi Pro League all rejected approaches.
Lazio appeared keen but couldn’t reach an agreement. However, La Liga side Getafe did strike a deal to have Greenwood in their ranks, with United saying the switch “enables Greenwood to begin to rebuild his career away”.
The England international has since been pictured in his new colours, holding up Getafe’s blue shirt in images posted on Getafe’s social media.
𝗠𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡𝗪𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗜𝗦 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘!
— Getafe C.F. English (@GetafeCFen) September 4, 2023
That was followed up by a selfie-shot video of Greenwood addressing the club’s supporters and commenting, “Hi Getafe fans, Mason here, I’m so happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started.”
Greenwood is to wear the No.12 shirt at Getafe, who lost 2-1 to rivals Real Madrid courtesy of a last-gasp Jude Bellingham winner at the weekend.
The forward has not featured since a 1-0 United win over West Ham in January 2022 and Getafe do have the option to cut short the loan thanks to a break clause.
The signing has attracted widespread criticism across the board, though manager Jose Bordalez has defended the decision to bring Greenwood in.
“It is a very delicate situation to trivialise that issue,” Bordalas stated.
“Everyone knows what happened and appropriate measures were taken. Everyone knows how it ended, with a non-convictory sentence.
“He is a footballer of a very high level and arrives at Getafe with enormous enthusiasm.”