On loan Manchester United forward Angelo Henriquez has reiterated his desire to stay away from Old Trafford in the form of expressing a longing to stay with Dinamo Zagreb.
The 20-year-old, who has been with the Croatian outfit since last summer, has impressed Dinamo bosses, and has already made it clear that he is happy there. Now, with his future still uncertain Henriquez has revealed that there are negotiations in place over his stay becoming a permanent one, which very much seems to be the route he wants to take.
“Dinamo is making an effort to buy my contract from Manchester United, which means they are satisfied with me,” he told his club’s official website, as relayed by Goal.
“I feel great at Dinamo and in Zagreb, I feel great on and off the pitch and that is why I want to stay here. People here accepted me, I’ve gained many friends, Zagreb is beautiful city and the fans love me too.
“We are on the way to win the double and to compete in Champions League qualification and I am looking forward to being a part of that.”
Struggles at United
Despite arriving in Manchester in 2011 after being signed from Universidad de Chile, Henriquez has never played a first-team match for the Red Devils and his loan to Zagreb is the third of his career. Initially it was Wigan Athletic who gave him the opportunity to prove his parent club wrong, but just one goal in eight appearances across all competitions wasn’t deemed satisfactory.
Last year he continued his development in Spain, playing 26 games for Real Zaragoza in the Segunda division before returning to Old Trafford with hopes of forcing his way into United’s first-team post-David Moyes. However he was hardly given a chance under Louis van Gaal before being shipped out to Croatia, where he finally appears to have found surroundings in which to thrive.
A bright start has been followed by a string of consistent displays for his current club, and it appears that they’re now set on ensuring he transfers there on a permanent basis as opposed to returning to England only to likely be loaned out elsewhere.
From the outside looking in that looks like it would be of the most benefit for his career too, with the young forward yet to be given any hint that he’ll head back to Van Gaal’s squad with a realistic chance at challenging the likes of Robin van Persie for a first-team berth. Instead he’ll likely be either forced to toil in the reserves or move out again in a bid to find regular game-time.
As for Van Gaal, he’ll want to clear more of the deadwood present at United from before his time this summer, providing he’s still in the job. If playing in the Champions League is the expectancy then a raft of changes will need to be made.
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