Manchester United have this morning confirmed that defender Guillermo Varela has joined Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan deal.
Varela was named as a substitute in Manchester United’s first pre-season friendly of the season last weekend, but with the club prepared to listen to offers for him, he was not brought by manager José Mourinho on the tour to China.
Official: Guillermo Varela join Frankfurt on a one year loan.
Good luck Varela ? pic.twitter.com/SvFzSGIZXT
— The True Red Devils (@TrueRedDevils__) July 23, 2016
The 23-year-old was the first signing of the David Moyes era, joining the club in a €2.8m deal from Penarol back in 2013.
However, he has found his opportunities to be limited at Old Trafford. He did not make a single first team appearance in his first season, and in 2014 was loaned to Real Madrid Castilla by Louis van Gaal.
He did, however, make eleven first team appearances for the Man United senior side last season, but his performances rarely ventured above average.
He found his place taken by 18-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah with alarming ease – once that happened, and with Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian already ahead of him in the pecking order, he was never likely to have much of an Old Trafford future.
Neither club has confirmed whether there is an option to make the move permanent, but Varela is unlikely to ever play for Manchester United again regardless.