Greenwood gets fresh start in Spain

MASON GREENWOOD will attempt to rebuild his shattered career from a luxury Spanish villa paid for by Manchester United.

The controversial striker sealed a season-long loan deal to LaLiga side Getafe after agreeing to resume his playing days away from Old Trafford.

United confirmed last month he would not play for the club again after a six-month internal investigation into rape and assault charges that were dropped.

Greenwood, 21, had been suspended by the Red Devils since his arrest in January 2022.

But the Old Trafford outfit remain heavily involved — and worked round the clock to create a bespoke care package ahead of his deadline day move to the Madrid-based club.

It includes an £8,000-a-month, six- bedroom city villa close to his new club’s training ground and access to a private translator 24/7.

Family and friends will be flown out regularly to keep him company. His dad, Andrew, 53, who oversaw his private training sessions as United decided his fate, is likely to move with him.

Greenwood has told pals that he is determined to repay the faith shown in him by scoring a glut of goals and has not given up on a Red Devils return.

A source said: “He’s going on loan but remains a United player.

“It means the club has an ongoing duty of care to him and they’ve pledged to help him make a success of his move to Spain.

“The villa is big enough for friends and family to visit. They will get the opportunity to travel to see him as much as they can. It’s important he has a solid support network around him. The last thing they want is Mason isolated.”

It is understood United will pay more than half of his £75,000-a-week wages while he is in Spain.

Another source said Greenwood is raring to go. They added: “He’s happy he’s got himself a club in LaLiga and can finally begin to put the last two years behind him.

“He wants to concentrate on football and becoming the best version of himself — on and off the field. He’s looking forward to playing against Barcelona and Real Madrid. He’s going to show everyone that he’s changed and that he’s matured. He knows it’ll be a long road but it starts here.”

In a statement Erik ten Hag’s club said the move would “enable Greenwood to begin to rebuild his career away from United”.

It vowed: “The club will continue to offer its support to Mason and his family during this period of transition.”

Greenwood, who has one England cap, was suspended by United after his arrest for sexual violence.

He was later charged with attempted rape and sexual assault but the case against him was discontinued by prosecutors in February.

United said he would remain suspended on full pay while it conducted an internal investigation into his alleged behaviour.

The decision to part ways was announced after five months of intense discussions and a huge backlash against plans to bring him back into the fold.

In a statement the club said it did not believe Greenwood had committed the offences he was accused of and allegations did not give “the full picture”. But they admitted the striker had “made mistakes” and needed to take responsibility.

United added: “Throughout, we have taken into account the wishes of the alleged victim along with the club’s standards and values.”

They added “it has been mutually agreed” that Greenwood would find a new club.

But Old Trafford CEO Richard Arnold said United would continue to offer the player and his alleged victim support to help them “rebuild and move forward”.

Greenwood, who became a dad to a baby girl in July, admitted he needed to set a better example to become “a good father, a better person and to use my talents in a positive way on and off the pitch”. Sun. 

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