Manchester United have confirmed that right-back Guillermo Varela has joined Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal. The 21-year-old will be part of the Real Madrid Castilla side, currently managed by the iconic Zinedine Zidane, competing in Spain’s second division.
Varela, who became David Moyes’ first signing as Manchester United manager last summer, has so far failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Red Devils.
He was signed to provide Rafael with competition at right-back, but spent the whole of last season playing for United’s Under-21 side.
Varela follows Hernandez to Real Madrid
His performances did not go unnoticed by Spanish giants Real Madrid, however, and the reigning European champions have struck a deal with United to bring him to the Bernabeu for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign, according to United’s official website.
Varela becomes the second Manchester United player to join Real Madrid this week, after striker Javier Hernandez completed a season-long loan move to the Bernabeu on Monday.
Petrucci reveals Varela move
Speculation surrounding Varela’s future intensified on Tuesday after the defender’s teammate, Davide Petrucci, revealed on Instagram that a deal with Real Madrid was done.
He posted a photograph of the two of them together, along with the message: “Mucha suerte hermanito galactico! (Lots of luck Galactico brother) Goodluck bro!”
To avoid any doubt over Varela’s destination, Petrucci also included several hashtags, including “#realmadrid” and “#galactico”.
Van Gaal not keen on Varela - yet
Varela was unlikely to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford this season. Louis van Gaal opted against taking the former Uruguay Under-20 international to the United States this summer for the Red Devils’ pre-season tour - and did not use him in last month’s friendly against Valencia.
And while Varela will not play a single minute for Real Madrid’s star-studded first-team, he will receive top coaching and feature for Real Madrid’s revered Castilla side in the Segunda Liga.
Van Gaal will be hoping that Zidane opts to use Varela as a right-wing back this season, rather than a traditional right-sided full-back. The veteran Dutch coach has implemented a 3-4-1-2 formation at Old Trafford - without much success so far - a system that uses wing-backs.
Relations between two clubs have improved
Manchester United may have been more open to sending Hernandez and Varela to Real Madrid after securing the services of Angel di Maria for a club-record fee of £59.7 million.
Relations between the two European giants have clearly improved since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford. The legendary former United boss once claimed that he ‘wouldn’t sell Real Madrid a virus’ let alone Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, however, went on to join Los Blancos six months after Ferguson hit out at the Spanish club.