Manchester United have confirmed the signing of young Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela on a five-year-contract.

Varela has left Uruguayan side Atletico Penarol to make the move to England, with the full-back highly regarded as the next big Uruguayan star to make the move to Europe.

The 20-year-old right-back joins United on the back of a two week trial that was conducted at the end of last season at Carrington. Because of this, Varela joins based on the observations of the Manchester United coaches, as Moyes hadn't signed his deal at this time. 

Speaking to reporters upon joining United, Varela said: "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."

Varela also admitted that he is pleased to have some fellow South-Americans in the United squad, hoping that the likes of Antonio Valencia, Rafael Da Silva and Anderson can help him settle in quickly.

"I'm very lucky there are quite a few Spanish-speakers here. It will certainly help me settle in," added Varela.

His signing has been duly anticipated as the first signing in the Moyes era, and although Varela is not seen as a "big name signing" he certainly looks to have the potential to go on and impress in England. 

He joins fellow Uruguayan's Sebastian Coates, Gaston Ramirez and Luiz Suarez currently playing in the Premier League. 

 

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