Man Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe joins Napoli on loan

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Axel Tuanzebe’s loan from Manchester United to Napoli for the rest of the season has been confirmed, which interrupted his previous period at Aston Villa.

The 24-year-old midfielder, whose chances at Villa were suddenly limited by a manager change and subsequent change in the formation, is now joining a team from Napoli that is still in the Serie A title race and is about to return to the Champions League.

Tuanzebe is under contract in Manchester until 2023 with an option for another year and the loan does not seem to include an option to make it a permanent transition.

Napoli are believed to have agreed to pay an initial £ 500,000 for the loan, with additional bonus payments potentially taking up to £ 1 million in total at the end of the season.

Tuanzebe was once hailed as the star of the future at Old Trafford. He joined the academy at the age of eight, won the club’s award-winning Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year award in 2015 and was an unusual captain for the U-18 team while still a freshman.

Tuanzebe’s first team debut came under Jose Mourinho’s leadership in January 2017 and he has so far made 37 senior appearances for United. The player received a successful loan to Aston Villa 2018/19 when the club won promotion from the Championship, but his young career has unfortunately been hampered by a number of injuries.

It was hoped that a return to Villa on loan this season would have given Tuanzebe his first real chance to play regular Premier League football. But it has not worked out that way and his expected switch to Italian football is a new chance to prove himself.

Serie A has proven to be a good alternative for English midfielders in recent times, with Chris Smalling and FIkayo Tomori having resumed careers at Roma and AC Milan.

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