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CA Penarol vice-president uncovers truth behind Facundo Pellistri transfer and confirms Man United’s first-team plans

CA Penarol vice-president Rodolfo Cantino has revealed that Manchester United rejected the Uruguayan club’s request to loan new-signing Facundo Pellistri back for three-months because the youngster will ‘go straight to the first-team’.

Pellistri, 18, became United’s fourth signing during the summer transfer window’s deadline day and was officially announced as the Reds’ last signing of the day on the club’s website ManUtd.com.

The youngster joins United from former striker Diego Forlan’s CA Penarol after agreeing to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a five-year deal which includes the option to add an additional year.

Pellistri spent six years with CA Penarol during a spell which saw him feature 37 times for the club’s first-team and be directly involved in six goals.

However, according to CA Penarol’s vice-president Cantino the talented young attacker would have remained with the South American club for another three months if the club had their way.

The CA Penarol chief has explained how they tried to get United to agree to allowing the youngster to stay on a three-month loan but their request was rejected as he believes the 18-year-old will ‘go straight’ to his new side’s first-team.

Speaking to El Observador’s Referi, Cantino said: “We tried in every way but they argued that they wanted the player now. It’s normal, when an European club buy a player, they travel immediately.

“Pellistri goes straight to the first team. Going to play. In the negotiation they asked me if I could guarantee them if he was in the bubble because they need him. Then it will be a matter of the manager if he uses him”.

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