GETAFE’s manager has reversed his claim that Jude Bellingham advised Mason Greenwood to move to Spain.
Greenwood, the Manchester United underdog, made his loan debut at Getafe on Sunday, three months after his former England teammate Bellingham moved to Real Madrid.
And Jose Bordalas now admits he was wrong when he assumed the new Bernabeu hero played a key role in the striker’s move.
Greenwood received a largely positive reception when he came on as a substitute after 77 minutes at home to Osasuna.
However, the fans who attended him seemed to mock him.
And according to The Athletic’s Guillermo RaiThey also chanted “Greenwood die.”
But after coming on as a substitute with the score at 2-2, it was Greenwood’s shot that triggered a corner from which Serbian midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic scored Getafe’s winning goal.
And afterwards Bordalas revealed that 20-year-old Bellingham and his old colleague from the Three Lions had leveled him over the hit man’s transfer.
The Spaniard explained: “I had said that Mason Greenwood had come to Getafe because he had spoken to Jude Bellingham.
“They made it clear to me that that was not the case.”
This is a reversal of what the 59-year-old told the Spanish sports channel Radio Marca Start of the week.
Bordalas said at the time about his joy about the transfer: “It was a surprise, we never thought we could get a player like that.”
“But they contacted our sports director [Ruben Reyes]We talked, we didn’t think it could happen, but both sides made an effort [financially].
“Greenwood is friends with Bellingham and he advised him to move to the Spanish league.”
Before Sunday, the Red Devils academy youngster had not played since January 2022, when he started United’s 1-0 home win against West Ham.
The club suspended Greenwood after he was arrested later that year.
He was accused of a number of crimes, including attempted rape. However, the CPS dropped the charges in February 2023.
United’s internal investigation into Greenwood ended in August when the club concluded he would not play for them.
The statement said: “All those involved, including Mason, are aware of the difficulties it will cause him to resume his career at Manchester United.”
“It was therefore mutually agreed that it would be best for him to do this away from Old Trafford and we will now work with Mason to achieve that outcome.”