Manchester United has announced that Facundo Pellistri will be on loan to La Liga team Granada for the second half of the 2023–24 season.
The Uruguayan international’s future has been the subject of much conjecture in recent weeks, with many teams said to be interested in hiring him on a temporary basis.
Pellistri was said to have to stay at Old Trafford as cover after Anthony Martial’s groyne procedure since the Red Devils were shorthanded in the last third of the pitch.
But in the end, the 20-time English champions decided to let the 22-year-old go, and he will play for Granada for the second half of the season.
Pellistri has played in La Liga for Alaves on two consecutive loan stints, giving him prior experience in the top division of Spain. In all, he has made 33 appearances for Alaves.
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The 20-time English champions released a statement that said, “Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri has joined Granada on loan for the remainder of the 2023–24 season.”
“The Uruguay international will ply his trade in La Liga after securing a switch to Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes.”
During the 2023–24 season, Pellistri has made 14 appearances for Manchester United, including nine Premier League games, with one assist.
After moving from Penarol to Old Trafford in 2020, the forward has made 24 appearances for the Red Devils and contributed two assists throughout that time.
According to current plans, Pellistri will rejoin Manchester United this summer. The South American’s deal at Old Trafford runs until June 2025.
But if Erik ten Hag stays in charge, Pellistri’s representative has indicated that he could go permanently this summer.
“Whether he returns to Manchester in the middle of the year will depend on the performance he shows,” Edgardo Lasalvia said to Sport 890.
“If Ten Hag keeps going, this will be challenging. He hasn’t been appreciated, exploited, or handled like a professional by Ten Hag.”
Pellistri may make his La Liga debut on Saturday afternoon against Las Palmas for Granada, who are currently ranked 19th.