Arnau Puigmal has finally completed his mooted move to Spain following his Manchester United exit. And there is a very familiar face at his new club.
Almeria signed Largie Ramazani after the winger’s Old Trafford departure and now they have added Puigmal to their roster.
Both players were tipped for big things at United. But neither hit the heights and they will have a point to prove next season.
Ramazani rejected a new United contract to move on last summer. In 29 outings he scored five goals and set up one for the La Liga 2 side, justifying his decision.
Rather than heading out on loan or making do with a couple of cup appearances in England, the Belgian is now an integral part of his new team after a late-season surge. And Puigmal will be hoping to follow suit.
The Spanish midfielder arrived at United with a big reputation. But he leaves without a first-team outing to his name.
According to the Manchester Evening News, he was released after making it clear he wouldn’t sign a new deal. So, in short, he made the same call as Ramazani.
Players need to be brave sometimes. And the former United prospects have certainly done that.
They have turned down new deals at one of the world’s biggest clubs because they want to play.
They deserve plenty of credit for that and it will be interesting to see what next season has in store.
Time to prove their worth
Puigmal and Ramazani are both 20 and have their whole careers ahead of them. Having played together regularly for United’s youth sides, they can now blossom in senior football.
Their first task is to pull Almeria out of the second tier. From there, they could be playing against some of Europe’s top clubs.
It is a move similar to that which saw Angel Gomes swap United for Lille.
With competition for places tougher than ever, only the very best prospects break through at Old Trafford. And only then with a bit of luck.
Now Puigmal joins Ramazani in hoping to prove there is life after United. And every Red Devils fan will wish them the best.