Manchester United poach centre-back starlet from bitter City rivals

Manchester United have confirmed that they have signed Swiss Under-20 international Frederic Veseli from cross-city rivals Manchester City.

The 20 year-old has impressed over the past year while featuring for the City’s youth and reserve sides.

In 2009, Veseli captained the Swiss Under-17 international side to winning the World Cup, and since then has steadily rose through the ranks of Switzerland’s setup.

The youngster was apparently upset not to be handed more first team opportunities over recent months, especially after Vincent Kompany recently spent time on the sidelines after being handed a red card against Manchester United earlier in January.

Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Veseli said: “I can’t wait to get started, to work hard and do everything I can to help the team. I am looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch. I am very thankful to Sir Alex Ferguson for bringing me to such a great club,”

The teenager is hopeful of getting more of a chance to play at Old Trafford than at the Etihad Stadium, adding: “Manchester United has a long history of younger players coming through and hopefully I can follow and do the same.”

Veseli arrives at United on a free transfere and will be injected straight into the side’s reserve team.

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