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Mason Greenwood ‘is on Atletico Madrid’s striker shortlist this summer after impressing at Getafe’… with forward keen to stay in Spain after season-long loan spell

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Mason Greenwood is on Atletico Madrid‘s shortlist in the club’s hunt for a new forward ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports. 

The 22-year-old Manchester United loanee has been playing in Madrid at local rivals Getafe since the start of the season after agreeing by mutual consent to continue his career away from his boyhood club. 

The decision was taken following the conclusion of an internal investigation into Greenwood’s conduct, after January 2022 charges of attempted rape, assault, and coercive behaviour were withdrawn by Crown Prosecution Service following the withdrawal of key witnesses just over a year later. 

After 18 months sidelined from competitive action in the wake of his initially charges, Greenwood has been building back his form as a regular starter at the tenth-placed LaLiga side. 

Greenwood is thought to be interested in staying in Spain long-term after settling in the national capital, with Barcelona thought to be the winger’s dream destination

Mason Greenwood has been building back his form at tenth-placed Getafe since September

Mason Greenwood has been building back his form at tenth-placed Getafe since September

Diego Simeone is keen to draft in attacking recruits after a move for Moise Kean fell through

Diego Simeone is keen to draft in attacking recruits after a move for Moise Kean fell through

Greenwood featured in a testy 3-3 draw versus Atletico in December - but failed to get on the scoresheet away from home

Greenwood featured in a testy 3-3 draw versus Atletico in December – but failed to get on the scoresheet away from home

But as per Telegraph Sport, the player could yet move only 20km north of Estadio Coliseum at the season’s end. 

The player will see out the season with Getafe, and then is set to return to England with a year left on his Man United contract – although the club could yet trigger a year-long extension, as in his 2021 deal.   

Atletico had a chance to take in Greenwood up close during their derby meeting in mid-December. 

Whilst the former England international didn’t get on the scoresheet during the testy 3-3 draw, Getafe were able to frustrate the fourth place side and escape the Metropolitano with a point. 

Diego Simeone’s side intended to recruit Juventus and former Everton forward Moise Kean at the tail end of the January window, but the deal fell through as the 23-year-old was undergoing his medical. 

Despite registering seven goals and four assists across all competitions this season, Greenwood’s coach at Getafe Jose Bordalas urged humility from his player in the wake of the club’s 2-0 victory against Granada. 

‘He is a great player but everyone has a job,’ Bordalas said, stressing that ‘without everyone’s work, he cannot shine’. 

Kean (right) was in situ in Madrid for his transfer before the deal fell through at the last

Kean (right) was in situ in Madrid for his transfer before the deal fell through at the last

Greenwood tangled with Jude Bellingham (left) during the two English players' derby meeting last week

Greenwood tangled with Jude Bellingham (left) during the two English players’ derby meeting last week

But Bordalas was quick to leapt to the defence of his forward in the wake of Jude Bellingham allegedly calling him a ‘rapist’ during the team’s derby encounter with Real Madrid last week.  

Getafe have asked for the incident to be reported in the referee’s official match report and LaLiga are set to engage a lip-reader to decide if Bellingham should be handed over to the Spanish football federation (RFEF) to open disciplinary proceedings. 

Speaking about Bellingham’s alleged slur, Bordalas said: ‘I know the same thing that you know. It’s not up to me, it’s the club, LaLiga and the Federation that have to make an assessment about it.

‘The only thing that I can say is that I ask for respect for Mason Greenwood because he is a great guy. He is a man who respects everyone and has exemplary behaviour.


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