Facundo Pellistri’s agent confirms summer plans

Edgardo Lasalvia, agent of young Manchester United winger Facundo Pellistri, has confirmed the striker’s summer plans ahead of Erik ten Hag’s first pre-season as Red Devil manager.

The Uruguay forward was signed in the 2020 summer window from Peñarol for a fee of around £7.65m. He spent four months at the club with the United U21 side, starting 6 Premier League 2 matches, scoring twice and providing an assist.

In January 2021, it was decided that Pellistri would spend the rest of the season on loan at Spanish side Deportivo Alaves, where the youngster would learn to ply his trade at one of the league’s top five sides before potentially moving on to Manchester United’s first team. the following season.

In the 2020/21 season, while in Spain, Pellistri only played a total of 531 minutes of football in 12 matches, which is not enough to give him the experience he needs. needed to come back to Manchester and get a proper start in the first team.

It was therefore decided that the youngster would once again return to Spain with Alaves, and this time would spend a full season in a country he knew and a team he had grown accustomed to; and the results were much better. Pellistri played a total of 23 times for the club that season, including 21 in La Liga, and his performances earned him a call up to the Uruguay national team.

Facundo Pellistri has performed admirably so far in his international career. (Alamy)

Pellistri has won three caps for his country so far, picking up an assist against Mexico in a 3-0 win on his debut.

Now that he has spent two years in Europe acclimatizing to the top level of football, the time has come to decide whether he should be loaned out again to gain more match-level experience or whether he is ready to fight his way into Erik ten Hag’s new team.

Speaking on Pellistri’s future, his agent Edgardo Lasalvia revealed that the current plan is to take part in the club’s pre-season tour.

“He has a contract until 2026”, explains ‘El Chino’. “He will make the pre-season retirement with Manchester and take part in the Asia tour where he will also face Liverpool. (Erik ten Hag) will decide his future, whether he will stay or go on loan.

Pellistri took part in last season’s pre-season tour, earning plaudits for his performances against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County, where he rounded the goalkeeper to score a neat goal.

However, despite his performances last summer, it was still decided that he should return on loan, and if that was still the case this summer, Lasalvia confirmed that there are plenty of offers on the table. from all over Europe for the services of the young man. .

“We have several possibilities between England, Italy and Portugal thanks also to the performance we had with the Uruguayan national team, with coach Alonso who gave him confidence.”

There is no doubt that Facundo Pellistri will be looking to make a good first impression under Erik ten Hag.

As always, when a new manager is appointed, it almost becomes a clean slate for all players involved, as a new manager creates a more level playing field to impress said new boss.

Facundo Pellistri rounds the goalkeeper to score against Wayne Rooney's Derby County in pre-season.  (Alamy)
Facundo Pellistri rounds the goalkeeper to score against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in pre-season. (Alamy)

With Manchester United fielding plenty of young wingers and impressive midfield talent such as Anthony Elanga, Jadon Sancho and Hannibal Mejbri as well as the return of Amad Diallo, Pellistri will have a lot of competition to face for Ten Hag’s attention. .

Nonetheless, the young winger will get his chance to impress the new boss during Manchester United’s pre-season tour which kicks off in Bangkok on July 12, where Manchester United take on Liverpool before heading to Australia to play a series of matches. against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Melbourne Victory.

The ‘Tour 2022’ will conclude with two games in two days against two Spanish teams, the first being a trip to Oslo in Norway to take on Atletico Madrid before returning to Manchester to face Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford.

The Premier League opening weekend sees Manchester United take on Brighton & Hove Albion in what will be Erik ten Hag’s first competitive game as new Red Devils manager.

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