MASON GREENWOOD is dying to stay at Manchester United – and has told his pals: ‘I’ve learned so much.’
The suspended striker, 21, is said to be delighted after Adidas backed his return following “positive” talks with the club.
Adidas is United’s biggest sponsor, having signed a ten-year, £750m deal in 2015. It is expected that other sponsors will follow suit.
A final decision on Greenwood’s future is expected to be made before the start of the Prem season when the Red Devils take on Wolves on August 14.
But Adidas intervention could seal a sensational comeback at Old Trafford after weeks of speculation he could be loaned out.
The striker has been suspended since January 2022 after being arrested for attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behavior.
But with all charges dropped, he is keen to rebuild his life and continue his career with the Red Devils.
A source said: “He is encouraged to speak publicly and make his voice heard.
“But privately he has told those close to him that he has learned a lot.
“He became a father for the first time earlier this month and realizes he needs to grow up.
“He is grateful to Adidas – to have such a sponsor close by means the world.”
Greenwood remains suspended but United staff have devised a new training program and he is being monitored.
The striker has not kicked a ball for the club since his arrest when a woman took to social media to launch a spate of allegations.
He was suspended and fans with shirts with his name on them were told they could exchange them for free.
The club also removed all Greenwood merchandise from its website and megastore.
Nike even ended its multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with him while EA Sports removed the player from the Fifa 22 video game.
The prem ace was charged in October last year and was due to appear in court in November.
But on February 2, prosecutors drastically dropped the charges of attempted rape, assault and forced control behavior.
Greenwood hoped this would pave the way for a return.
But the club revealed they were conducting their own investigation and were told he remained suspended from full pay, reportedly £75,000 a week.
Any Greenwood return is likely to spark controversy.
Earlier in the year it was revealed that Manchester United women’s team didn’t want him back at the club.
In March, Natalie Burrell, founder of United Women’s Supporters’ Club, said: “I don’t want him to play at Old Trafford again.”
United have been in touch with three Italian sides – Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan – on a loan move.
Greenwood, who joined United at the age of six, made 129 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 35 goals.
A club spokesman declined to comment. And last night, an Adidas spokesman said: “As sponsors, we have no influence on the team line-up.”