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Man United youngster departs after turning down chance to stay under Erik ten Hag

Manchester United academy star Martin Svidersky has confirmed that he will leave the club after turning down the chance to work under new manager Erik ten Hag as part his Old Trafford revolution.

The defensive midfielder, 19, had been offered a new deal by the Red Devils, but Svidersky’s future will now be with an unknown LaLiga side following three seasons in England.

The Manchester Evening News report that United were keen to tie the Slovakian down with a new contract but for months it has been expected that Svidersky would leave this summer.

While on international duty this week, the 19-year-old revealed to RTVS. “I have spent the last days in Spain, where my steps will continue. They will follow in the first Spanish league, La Liga. I have high expectations, it will be a new experience, a new country.”

It is added in the report that the Red Devils are now due to receive a small compensation package to recognise their development of the player, despite the fact Svidersky will be leaving as a free agent at the end of this month.

The Slovakia youth international’s long-anticipated departure could clear the path for three of United’s FA Youth Cup-winning midfielders, Dan Gore, Kobbie Mainoo and Isak Hansen-Aaroen, potentially freeing up opportunities to feature in the first-team next season.

The club’s famous academy has produced a host of talented midfielders in recent years, most recently starlets such as Hannibal Mejbri, Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal.

The trio have already made their first-team debuts after usurping Svidersky. James Garner, Dylan Levitt and Ethan Galbraith – who are in the age group above – have also broken through, each enjoying loan spells this season.

The Red Devils beat Chelsea and Liverpool to Svidersky’s sought-after signature in 2018, having previously had trials at Manchester City, West Ham and Celtic.

Three weeks before completing his move, the academy Tatran Presov product suffered an injury which kept him out for a whole year. Svidersky tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus, requiring significant surgery before heading to England.

Ten Hag is set to show a great deal of faith in the youngsters who will be staying at Old Trafford next season. The Dutch tactician brought through the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Jurrien Timber during his time as Ajax boss, two players which Ten Hag wants to sign for United during the summer transfer window.

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