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United complete Varela signing

Manchester United have completed the signing of Uruguayan right back Guillermo Varela for an undisclosed fee.

The defender, who had a trial with the champions last season, becomes David Moyes first new addition since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as manager at Old Trafford.

The 20 year old made just one senior appearance in three years with Uruguayan side Penarol, but has been capped nine times for his country’s under 20 side and will be part of the World Championships in Turkey later this month.

He will compete with fellow South American Rafael for United’s right back spot, while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling also featured in that position last season.

The club also have highly rated Belgium under 21 international Marnick Vermijl, who made his debut in the League Cup third round win over Newcastle United last September.

Varela is only the second player from Uruguay ever to sign for the club after Diego Forlan, who had a four year spell at the Theatre of Dreams between 2001 and 2005.

Sat 8 June, 2013
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