Manchester United have completed a deal to sign promising young goalkeeper Radek Vitek.
Vitek, 16, joins from Czech side Sigmy Olomouc, the club confirmed on their official website.
Sporting director Ladislav Minář said: “I am happy to say that Sigma is capable of sending another of its players to a top European club.
“The departure of a player of such a low age is primarily a great prestige, which is a reward not only for the club, but also for the player himself for his hard work. Secondly, it is also a financial aspect. If Radek were to play for the Manchester team in the future or move to another club, the financial satisfaction would be of interest to Sigma.”
Deal agreed and kept secret
Sigma’s website says the deal was agreed with United back in January.
However, due to his age, it had to be ratified by FIFA and the necessary paperwork has now finally been signed off and approved.
Radek said: “It’s a surreal feeling, a move to Manchester United is the dream of a lot of guys who start playing football. I’m really looking forward to it. I admit I didn’t even believe it when I found out about the club’s interest, but now it’s definitely a reality.”
What you need to know
Radek Vitek is just 16 but has already played at under-19 level for Sigmy Olomouc, making 10 appearances this season.
He had a trial at Southampton last November, before United signalled interest.
The Czech club’s website describe Radek as ‘nearly two metres tall’, and he has already represented his country at under-17 level.
Stacked goalkeeping department
United are spoiled for choice in goal, from the first team right down to the academy.
Let’s reel off a list of names: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Joel Pereira, Kieran O’Hara.
Then you have, Nathan Bishop, Matej Kovar, Paul Woolston, Jacob Carney, Ondrej Mastny, and Johan Guadagno.
Now Vitek is added to this list of players who, ultimately, are all targeting the same spot in United’s first team. It certainly won’t be easy for the new signing.
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