Matej Kovar seals loan move to Sparta Prague to beat Czech transfer deadline

Manchester United talent Matej Kovar has left the club on loan after all.

The goalkeeper had appeared destined to stay with Manchester United after failing to secure a loan move in time for deadline day.

But a little creative thinking has allowed for him to leave the club for Sparta Prague.

Manchester United announced this morning a loan deal had been agreed, with Prague getting the deal done in time for yesterday’s Czech transfer deadline, with their window closing on September 8.

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Matej Kovar seals loan move to Sparta Prague

Kovar has signed a new contract with Manchester United which runs until 2025. This was agreed prior to him going out on loan.

The young goalkeeper has been on the fringes of the first team squad, and was on the bench for Manchester United’s win away at Leicester City last week.

But with Martin Dubravka joining the club on loan, United have extra depth in goal and Kovar is not required as back-up.

He had not played any under-21 games, and this loan move to his home country is a very good one for him.

Kovar is a Czech Republic under-21 international, and has been called into their senior squad, although is yet to make his debut.

The 22-year-old has been on loan at Swindon Town and Burton Albion previously. He earned praise at Burton for consecutive man of the match performances.

While Kovar has left on loan, another young goalkeeper Nathan Bishop did not secure a loan move despite an impressive stint with Mansfield Town last season.

Bishop is the club’s fourth choice now, behind David de Gea, Martin Dubravka and Tom Heaton.

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