Former Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes’ father has spoken out about his son’s decision to leave the club’s illustrious youth academy earlier this year.
Gomes, 20, joined United’s youth academy in 2016 and went on to make 66 appearances in all competitions for the club’s under-18s and under-23s sides.
However, after rejected a contract renewal offer earlier this year, Gomes departed the club in favour of a move to Ligue 1 side Lille.
Shortly after arriving in France, the 20-year-old midfielder was loan out on a season-long loan to Liga NOS side Boavista which is where he is currently continuing his development.
Gomes’ most recent contribution came from the penalty-spot during the club’s shock 3-0 win over domestic rivals Benfica last week. Boavista’s win and Gomes’ goal scoring heroics were viewed and praised by current United midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
Speaking to TSF as quoted by Manchester Evening News, Gomes’ father has lifted the lid on why his son decided to leave the Reds, he said: “He accepted the challenge of Luis Campos to sign with Lille and relaunch his career at Boavista on loan from the French club, and now he is on the right track, he still has a lot to show.
“Angel managed to show a path to the future by being one of the youngest to make his debut for Manchester United when the coach was Jose Mourinho, and that also helped a lot.”
Gomes’ next game is scheduled to take place on Sunday against Farense in Liga NOS and the former United midfielder is expected to start again.