Mason Greenwood speaks on camera for the first time in over a year after sealing Getafe move

FOOTBALL Mason Greenwood speaks on camera for the first time in over a year after sealing Getafe move

Mark Kinyanjui 13:18 - 05.09.2023

The Manchester United academy graduate has spoken in front of camera for the first time since being arrested in 2022.

Mason Greenwood has spoken in front of a camera for the first time since 2022 after being unveiled as an on-loan Getafe player for the season.

The talented 22-year-old winger sent the club’s fans a heartfelt message, filming himself on a camera before the video was posted on the club’s X (formerly Twitter) handle.

The Spanish club will not be paying a fee for the English forward but will cover a small contribution on his wages for the duration of the loan. 

Greenwood has not played competitive football since January 2022 after he was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including attempted rape.

The 21-year-old was subsequently suspended by the club, however, in February the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charges after key witnesses withdrew and new material came to light.

And now, after sealing a temporary move to Spain, the first images of Greenwood with the club's colours have emerged on social media.

The club's official X page shared an image of Greenwood in Getafe colours on Monday night following his shocking move to Spain.

The winger had a smile on his face as he held up the club's home strip and posed alongside a large version of their club badge. 

 “Hi Getafe fans, it's Mason here. I'm so happy to be here and I can't wait to get started,” Greenwood stated before showing a thumbs up to the camera

The former England U21 international is set to be officially presented to Getafe fans, along with their other summer signings, on Tuesday afternoon. It was confirmed on Monday the winger will wear the number 12 for the LALIGA side during this season. 

Getafe posted a video of jubilant fans on social media after news broke he was to join the Madrid-based club for the season. The club finished 15th in Spain's top-flight last season.

There was also interest in signing Greenwood from Lazio, Olympiacos, and Red Star Belgrade before he made the move to Spain. Lazio held extensive talks over signing the forward on deadline day last Friday but ran out of time to complete a deal.

On Saturday, Getafe boss Jose Bordalas defended the club's decision to sign Greenwood and insisted that it was a 'delicate situation'.

“Everyone knows what happened and appropriate measures were taken. 'Everyone knows how it ended, with a non-convictory sentence.

“He is a footballer of a very high level and arrives at Getafe with enormous enthusiasm.”

Initial reports suggested that United may try to reintegrate Greenwood into the first team squad after the conclusion of an internal investigation.  

However after massive backlash, particularly online, United revealed last week he would be leaving the club by mutual agreement.