Manchester United have put a recall clause in the deal to allow Mason Greenwood to move to Getafe on a season-long loan deal.
The 21-year-old joined the LaLiga side on deadline day from Man Utd, who suspended him in January 2022 over allegations relating to a young woman after images and videos were posted online, on transfer deadline day.
Greenwood faced charges including attempted rape and assault, but the Crown Prosecution Service announced in February that the case had been discontinued.
Reports suggested in August that Man Utd might try to reintegrate Greenwood into the squad at Old Trafford after concluding an internal investigation, but they revealed a fortnight ago that he would be leaving the club by mutual agreement after a public outcry.
And now a report in The Athletic has revealed that there is a possibility to ‘break’ the loan in January if any of the parties are ‘unhappy with how the move has developed’.
The Athletic claim:
“A Getafe spokesperson confirmed to The Athletic the loan deal also includes a break clause that could be triggered in January, should the parties be unhappy with how the move has developed. This is standard practice in many loan deals, rather than an indication that United are planning to recall him midway through the season once his football is up and running.
“United insist they stand by their previous messaging that the club do not expect Greenwood to represent the club again, but the striker will return to Old Trafford next summer following the culmination of the loan, and United also retain the option to extend Greenwood’s contract, which expires in 2025, by a further year, should they wish to protect a resale value.”
Getafe head coach Jose Bordalas has defended the club’s decision to sign Greenwood and offer the England international a way back into playing football.
Bordalas said: “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-convictory sentence.
“He is a footballer of a very high level and arrives at Getafe with enormous enthusiasm.”
When asked if signing Greenwood, who was not involved in the matchday squad against Real Madrid on Saturday, might prompt an unfavourable reaction, 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.”