Manchester United have agreed to a quick termination of flop midfielder Davide Petrucci’s contract so that he can complete a move to Romanian side CFR Cluj, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The publication has today provided an update on the news which broke at the weekend claiming that the Italian was keen to veto his deal at Old Trafford as he’s become disillusioned with the lack of first-team opportunities at the club.
Petrucci at United
Petrucci moved to United from Roma in 2008 for around £200,000 but failed to make any sort of impression in the youth setup and was then loaned out to both Peterborough and Charlton Athletic.
Having been unable to force his way into the first-team plans the 22-year-old began pushing for an exit and now, with Louis van Gaal having made it clear that he does not see the player in his plans for the future, has made the decision to terminate his allegiance with the club.
As it stands United are believed to have accepted the cancellation of his deal so that he can immediately make a move to Cluj, with a one-year deal having been reached with the Romanian outfit. Van Gaal had included Petrucci in his squad for this season’s Premier League campaign which had paved the way for speculation that he would stay, though the midfielder is keen to have a clean break.
Of course whilst he may be one of the lesser-known individuals, he’s not the only one who has made the decision to seek pastures new following Van Gaal’s appointment. Danny Welbeck made a somewhat controversial switch to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, whilst both Javier Hernandez and Tom Cleverley have been loaned to Real Madrid and Aston Villa respectively.
The likes of Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are also facing uncertain futures at the club, with the latter two having less than two years remaining on their current United deals. Van Gaal is said to be in the process of deliberating over who he wants to keep on the books at the club, but both Smalling and Evans may have to impress in the coming season to solidify their statuses as important components in his squad.
For Van Gaal looks as though he is going to galvanise his side further in January, with deals for Kevin Strootman and Germany international Christoph Kramer at the forefront of his plans.