Manchester United have announced that defender Guillermo Varela has completed his permanent switch to ex-club Penarol. The 24-year-old played no part in United’s pre-season, and he has now been allowed to return to Uruguay. The club have confirmed the player’s departure via a statement on their official Twitter account, which read:
All the best for the future, Guillermo! pic.twitter.com/myhrdMMBFl
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 12, 2017
Varela was United’s first signing during David Moyes’ reign in 2013/14, but he spent his initial campaign with the reserves. In his second season, he was loaned out to Real Madrid Castilla, where he impressed with one goal in 33 appearances starting in his regular right-back position.
The 2015/16 season saw Varela make his breakthrough under Louis van Gaal, and he managed 11 appearances across all competitions including a start in the 3-2 Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg.
With Jose Mourinho taking charge last summer, Varela appeared in just one pre-season game against Wigan Athletic before he was sent on a year-long loan to German club Eintracht Frankfurt.
His time in Germany was hampered by multiple injuries, but he was subsequently suspended for the Dfb-Pokal Cup final after he got a tattoo on his arm against the club’s wishes, which led to an inflammation.
Varela is understood to have penned a three-year contract with his hometown club with wages of around £4,000 a week. We wish him the best for the future!