Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season.
Johnstone had reportedly been eager to depart Old Trafford on a temporary basis during the close-season, but Joel Castro Pereira’s loan switch to Belenenses meant the 23-year-old had to remain patient and serve as the first-team’s third-choice keeper.
However, United have recalled Pereira – who made 10 appearances for the Portuguese club – in order to provide Johnstone with some playing time in the Championship with Villa.
“I’m really pleased to have joined Aston Villa – it’s a massive club,” he told Villa’s official website.
“It’s an opportunity I jumped at, it’s one you simply can’t turn down. I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait to work with Steve Bruce. I’ve heard very good things about the manager.”
Johnstone, a graduate of United’s academy, has spent much of the past six years out on loan and Villa will be the seventh club he has represented away from Old Trafford.
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