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Mason Greenwood welcomed by Getafe fans as he trains with club for first time after leaving Manchester United

Mason Greenwood welcomed by Getafe fans as he trains with club for first time after leaving Manchester United

Mason Greenwood has been welcomed by fans of his new team in Spain after leaving Manchester United on loan.

Greenwood has moved to the La Liga club Getafe after United announced last month he would be continuing his career away from Old Trafford.

Greenwood was suspended by the Premier League side on 30 January 2022 over allegations relating to a young woman.

The 21-year-old faced charges, including attempted rape and assault, but the Crown Prosecution Service announced in February all charges against him were dropped following the “withdrawal of key witnesses”.

Reports that United were planning to retain him following an internal investigation were met by a public outcry and on 1 September it was confirmed he would head to Spain for the season.

Getafe have been promoting Greenwood’s arrival heavily on social media.

The team posted a video message on X, formerly known as Twitter, of the once-capped England forward saying: “Hi Getafe fans, it’s Mason here. I’m so happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started.”

Other posts showed Greenwood, who last played a competitive match in January 2022, coming out of the tunnel to applause from fans in the stadium before taking part in an open training session.

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Speaking at a press conference following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Real Madrid – a match Greenwood was not involved in – Getafe boss Jose Bordalas said of the allegations against the forward: “It is a very delicate situation to trivialise that issue.

“Everyone knows what happened and appropriate measures were taken. Everyone knows how it ended, with a (non-conviction).

“He is a footballer of a very high level and arrives at Getafe with enormous enthusiasm.”

Asked if signing Greenwood might prompt an unfavourable reaction, Mr Bordalas added: “I can only speak at a footballing level.

“We all know the potential he has. He is a very young boy and we hope that he adapts to a very different league.

“Surely he wants to recover his professional status and Getafe can help him in that sense.”

A product of United’s academy, Greenwood scored 35 goals in 129 matches for the Red Devils.

Greenwood is contracted at Old Trafford until June 2025, with the deal including an option to extend by a further year.

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