Greenwood 'willing to play in China' to resurrect career

Mason Greenwood ‘would be willing to play in CHINA’ to resurrect his career if Man United tear up his contract after attempted rape and assault charges were dropped… with friends claiming the forward was unhappy the club didn’t stand by him

  • Man United are conducting an internal process to decide Greenwood’s future
  • It came after charges of attempted rape and assault against him were dropped
  • Greenwood was reportedly unhappy United didn’t stand by him at the time 

Mason Greenwood would reportedly be willing to resurrect his football career in China if Manchester United rip up his contract.

The 21-year-old forward is now subject to an internal club investigation into whether to reintegrate him into Erik ten Hag’s first-team squad or part ways.

It comes after charges of alleged rape and assault against Greenwood were dropped by prosecutors this week.

According to The Sun, Greenwood has ‘begrudgingly’ accepted United’s ‘internal process’ which buys them time to make a decision over his future.

The tabloid claims that when Greenwood was initially suspended by United last year, shortly after his arrest in January, he vowed never to play for the club again.

Mason Greenwood would reportedly consider resurrecting his career in China if Manchester United decided to terminate his contract after attempted rape and assault charges were dropped by prosecutors this week

Greenwood, 21, arrived at court in November over the now dropped charges of attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour

A source told them: ‘At the time he was adamant he didn’t want to put on the red shirt again He felt like the club didn’t stand by him.

‘He said he would be happy to go and play in China as long as that meant he was getting paid well and was playing.

‘His view may have softened over the last few months, but he was not happy at all.’

Others told The Sun they fear Greenwood would struggle with the torrent of abuse he would almost certainly face from rival fans if he returned to Premier League football.

Greenwood remains on United’s Premier League squad list, having been named among their Under-21 players at the beginning of the season.

He retains the No 11 squad number and his profile and biography – making no mention of his suspension – remains on the club’s official website alongside stars such as Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.

There was no sign of Greenwood’s name on the squad list United registered with UEFA for the knockout rounds of the Europa League, which was updated on Friday.

United manager Ten Hag refused to comment further on the Greenwood situation when he held his press conference ahead of Saturday’s home league fixture with Crystal Palace.

The Chinese Super League enjoyed a surge in popularity around 2017 as good standard players from around the world were attracted by sky-high wages

Greenwood reportedly told friends he was willing to play in China if he was playing regularly

‘I can’t say anything about it,’ he said. ‘I refer to the statement of the club and at this moment I can’t add anything.’ 

That club statement, released three hours after the Crown Prosecution Service announced charges were being dropped, read: ‘Manchester United notes the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service that all charges against Mason Greenwood have been dropped. 

‘The club will now conduct its own process before determining next steps. We will not make any further comment until that process is complete.’  

Greenwood’s profile remains on United’s website despite as they decide the next steps

United manager Erik ten Hag refused to comment further on the situation on Friday

The Chinese Super League became an enticing destination for some footballers around 2017 when the likes of Carlos Tevez, Oscar and Alexandre Pato moved there because of the enormous wages on offer.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic and tighter restrictions on the number of overseas players in CSL clubs have burst its bubble. 

Greenwood hasn’t played a match for over a year, his last appearance coming in United’s 1-0 win over West Ham last January, shortly before his arrest. 

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