Marc Jurado has completed a shock permanent move away from Manchester United this summer. The Spanish full-back, who joined from Barcelona, has departed the club and will join RCD Espanyol.

Jurado scored in pre-season against Wrexham but the defender received limited opportunities at Old Trafford and United have decided to let the defender depart the club.

The defender has signed a contract until 2027 with the Spanish side but the fee that United will receive for the defender is, as of yet, unknown.

The 19-year-old defender has played for the Reds’ youth sides since 2020 and returns to his native Spain to play in the second division.

Manchester United v Athletic Club Bilbao, pre season friendly match, Dublin.
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What have United said

The club released a statement about the defender’s departure and have confirmed it is a permanent deal for the Spaniard.

“We wish you the best of luck in the future, Marc, and look forward to seeing where your next steps take you, the United statement read on their website.

The defender may well feel hard done by as the right-back may well have believed he could have forced his way into the United first-team setup.

United’s clearout of youth stars

United have been fairly ruthless this summer when it comes to moving on players from their famed youth academies.

Whether it’s more established first-team players like Anthony Elanga and Dean Henderson, or more younger players with high potential like Noan Emeran and Zidane Iqbal.

United have been criticised for their refusal to sell academy players who then leave the club for a pittance.

The fee for Jurado is described as ‘nominal’ according to Rich Fay of the Manchester Evening News but there is a ‘generous’ sell-on clause in the deal.

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