Manchester United youngster Alvaro Fernandez has joined Championship side Preston North End on a season-long loan.
Despite interest from Bundesliga clubs and fellow Championship sides, the former Real Madrid prodigy has opted to make the move to Deepdale.
The 19-year-old watched Preston North End play Leicester City on Saturday and the attack-minded left-back spoke with Preston boss Ryan Lowe, on the pitch, after the game against the Foxes.
Last season’s under-23s player of the year will embark on his first loan spell away from the club and will likely challenge with former Red Robbie Brady for the left wing-back spot in Lowe’s starting line-up.
Fernandez could make his debut in Preston’s Championship opener which comes against Wigan Athletic on Saturday (30/7).
Manchester United youngster Alvaro Fernandez joins Preston
Speaking after joining Preston, the Spain Under-19 international explained his decision to join the Lilywhites: “I’m very happy, and I want to start with this club as soon as possible.
“I wanted to go on loan and start to play at a high level.
“I’ve spoken to the manager about the football, it’s so good. I like his plans for the season so I want to start.”
Manager Lowe said: “Álvaro’s one we’ve monitored and one who was brought to our attention through our chief scout James Wallace who’s watched him numerous times.
“Once we’d watched him a little bit more we felt he could do a job for us down that side as a left wing back.
“He’ll challenge Robbie [Brady] to start. Robbie’s got the quality in his left foot of picking passes out, and Álvaro’s got different types of qualities in that he gets at people and he can get past them with high energy.
“He’s a fantastic asset to us. He’s going to be a fantastic football player for Manchester United, but we need Álvaro to help us in our Championship campaign for us to help him to hopefully one day make his Premier League debut for Manchester United.”