Manchester United have confirmed the departure of Guillermo Varela from the club and the Uruguayan has rejoined his former club Penarol on a permanent deal.
Reaching an agreement with Penarol back in 2013, the 24-year-old right-back became Manchester United’s first signing under David Moyes. United reportedly paid a €2.8million fee and handed Varela a handsome five-year contract.
His breakthrough season, however, came when Louis van Gaal took over at United. Making a total of 11 appearances in all competitions, Varela showed promise. His performance against West Ham United remains a highlight, while his horror show during Manchester United’s Europa League tie defeat against Liverpool is just one of those things he might well want to forget.
Only a season prior to that, Varela spent a season on loan with Real Madrid Castilla and made 33 appearances. With a change in the managerial spot, Varela was given his share in Mourinho’s first pre-season game against Wigan last summer, but only a month later, a second loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt followed. But Varela failed to live upto the billing, as he only managed 7 Bundesliga appearances last season.
His development, in Germany, was majorly affected by his constant injury issues, while he also missed last season’s German Cup final due to an infected tattoo which he inked against the club’s wishes. The German club were hoping to extend his loan deal for at least another year, but gave away the thought as soon as the infection came into light.
All the best for the future, Guillermo! pic.twitter.com/myhrdMMBFl
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 12, 2017
A statement on United’s Twitter account read: “.@Guille_Varela4 has left #MUFC to rejoin Penarol. All the best for the future, Guillermo!”
Varela spent most of his summer back in his homeland and did not report back for first-team training at Carrington on July 8.
“Guillermo decided to play in Penarol for personal tranquility,” a source close to the player told MEN Sport.
“The player decided it after how badly he was treated in Frankfurt. His experience in Europe was not good. In 2017/18, Guillermo would have been making only £4,000 per week.”
“The most unfair thing is that on the day of the tattoo, it was two Frankfurt players who got a tattoo each,” a source close to the player added.
The same source also added that Manchester United have inserted a sell-on clause in Varela’s sale. We wish Varela all the good luck for his future!