Dion McGhee has been without a club during the worst possible time after his release from Manchester United in the summer, but he’s got exciting plans to announce.
The versatile 20-year-old, who was among nine players released by United in the summer, has spoken exclusively to MEN Sport about the departure and his future. McGhee has admitted it has been tough finding a new club due to the unique circumstances presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, but there has been no shortage of interest in his services.
MEN Sport reported in June that West Ham United, Rangers, and AZ Alkmaar all registered an interest, with McGhee now revealing clubs in Spain, Germany and Portugal have been in contact. He is now set to sign with a club abroad and kickstart his career after 14 years in the United youth system.
“My future plans are that as soon as I can go ahead and sign that’s what I’m going to do,” said McGhee.
“There has been a lot of interest abroad, in Spain, Germany and Portugal and I’m really excited to share what’s coming up.
“It looks like I’m going abroad at the moment and I can’t wait to get cracking.”
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Demetri Mitchell, Ethan Hamilton, George Tanner, Aidan Barlow, Kieran O’Hara, Alex Fojticek and Largie Ramazani were all let go alongside McGhee on June 30th, with United committing to keeping any players under 19 as the academy was reluctant to let them go amid the coronavirus pandemic.
All the players, bar McGhee and Barlow, have found new clubs but after keeping himself fit over the past few months, the 20-year-old says he is now raring to go.
“It’s just waiting until it goes over the line,” he said. “It’s been hard at times due to Covid.”
The Oldham-born player, who can play in a number of positions including full-back, winger and as a striker, started in six of the Under-23s’ 18 Premier League 2 games last season and grew up alongside Mason Greenwood and James Garner in the United academy.
He remains a huge United fan and keeps in regular touch with Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, who he has also staunchly defended on social media amid recent criticism. McGhee has only fond memories of his time and United, naming Under-18s boss Neil Ryan and coach Kieran McKenna as two coaches who were integral to his development at the club.
He expressed his pride at what many of his Old Trafford peers are now achieving under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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“It was a good 14 years at Manchester United, with so many great staff and players,” added McGhee.
I’m still in contact with both Mason and Marcus and they are top lads, who have a very bright future. And I’m so proud of what they have achieved, as well as Brandon [Williams} and Teden Mengi and others. They deserve all that is coming.
“I’m still a Manchester United fan and always will be. Neil Ryan and Kieran McKenna were key in my development and I really enjoyed working under them.”