Manchester United goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic has reportedly completed his way out from Old Trafford.
The promising keeper, who won the U-20 World Cup for Serbia, didn’t get a work permit to play in England and has subsequently left United after terminating his contract, according to the Daily Star.
Milinkovic-Savic, 18, has said to be living in the Serbian capital, Belgrade currently, and has been playing for several local sides, including Vojvodina, trying to preserve his fitness and reflex.
It is also reported that the Serbian starlet recently completed his Old Trafford exit, and has penned a deal with Polish club Lechia. Though it is certainly a step down to some extent, Milinkovic-Savic might be delighted to just get back to the playing condition and to at least be able to concentrate on his promising future.
Manchester United first scouted him in late March this year while he was playing for the under-17 Serbia team against Germany in the UEFA Under-17 European Championship Elite Stage which is the second and last round of qualifying stage ahead of the competition. Some of his brilliant saves gave Serbia a much needed 1-1 draw against the Germany. That was his sixth match in the competition. Despite Serbia failing to progress in the tournament, Milinkovic-Savic impressed enough to prompt United scouts to make their move.
“I had to go back to Manchester, but there is a problem with a work permit in England,” he told Lechia’s official website.
“The case dragged on, unfortunately. I couldn’t find a club where I could be loaned to, I decided to terminate the contract with Manchester United. I am glad that I was able to come to an agreement with Lechia.”
Despite being a teenager, the Serbian right now stands at 6ft 7in and although the height being his greatest asset, Milinkovic-Savic is also a perfect shot-stopper and if given enough time and exposure he could surely become an excellent option for any side.
While van Gaal missed out on the Serbian starlet, they have no shortage of options in the goalkeeping position, and can rely on David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Victor Valdes and Sam Johnstone.
However, the list may soon be cut short as Yolanda Cardona, the wife of Valdes, recently slammed Manchester United for their treatment to her husband.