Once again, Manchester United have completed a deal for one of the top prospects in the world.
The Red Devils have completed several youth signings over the past 12 months. Names such as Aliou Traore, Arnau Puigmal and most recently Lukasz Bejger, who joined the side last month, have bolstered the ranks in a big way. But Nicky Butt is far from over yet. This time, the former defensive midfielder secured the services of another top talent in an attempt to bolster the academy squad. The chosen one is none other than Slovakian youngster Martin Svidersky, who joins the side from his native Presov.
The 15-year-old playmaker obviously needs to refine in all aspects of the game before even thinking about a potential promotion to the U21 side or his Old Trafford debut. But for now, Svidersky, who revealed the news via his official Instagram account holding a Man Utd jersey with his name printed on the back, should report to Manchester United’s Under-18 side ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Who is United’s latest signing?
His name shouldn’t ring many bells, and that’s okay. Not everyone is expert in tracking 15-year-old players from Eastern Europe. But all the signs indicate that United found a diamond in the rough. The Red Devils won the chase for the youngster’s signature despite interest from several top sides. In fact, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool, West Ham and Celtic all wanted him. But Svidersky had several trials before deciding which team to join. The Slovakian had trials with United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Celtic, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Dortmund. In that sense, The Red Devils should consider themselves lucky.
A young lad who doesn’t speak much – despite the fact he is fluent in english – Svidersky said he was “delighted to sign a contract with Manchester United”. Initially he joined on a three-year contract, but chances are he will stay on for much longer. We have to see how he adapts to the English culture, but he shouldn’t have many problems doing so. In fact, this is a young man who already speaks five languages (English, German, French, Greek and Slovakian). He should fit in quite well in a multi-cultural dressing room such as United’s one.
United’s academy has been on a recruitment drive in the last 18 months since the appointment of Nicky Butt. Things got rocky after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but Butt’s presence gave the club renewed focus. With so many talented young players joining the side in recent years, it shouldn’t be long before a fresh new wave of Academy products start making their way into Old Trafford’s starting XI.