Manchester United announced on their official website on Friday that the club has signed England international goalkeeper Jack Butland on loan from Crystal Palace.
According to Manchester United’s official statement, Butland will play for the club on loan until the end of the season. The agreement does not include a buyout clause, and he will also wear the No. 31 shirt vacated by Slovakia international goalkeeeper Martin Dúbravka who recently returned to Newcastle United.
After completing his loan signing procedures, Butland, who was interviewed by Manchester United‘s official website for the first time, said: “This is an amazing club and I am proud to represent it now. I am really looking forward to working with an incredible group of goalkeepers together and supports each other every day to create the best possible training and playing environment for the team.”
“I’ve played against David de Gea and represented England with Tom Heaton; they’re both top-notch goalkeepers and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to play alongside them and support them as a team-mate.”
“This group can achieve a lot this season, and I’m excited to play my part in helping everyone achieve those ambitions.”
The 29-year-old Butland was born in Bristol, England on March 10, 1993. He is 1.96 meters tall and joined the Birmingham City youth academy at the age of 7.
Butland was promoted to the first team in the summer of 2010, but first joined Cheltenham Town on loan in September 2011 to gain game experience.
Butland, who performed well during the loan period, officially completed his Birmingham City first-team debut in May 2012 after returning to the club, and quickly established himself as the main goalkeeper with outstanding performance.
On the 2013 winter transfer window deadline day, Butland moved to Stoke City for £3.5 million, but after joining, he was loaned out to Barnsley, Leeds United and Derby County respectively.
After returning to the club in October 2014, Butland became the main goalkeeper of Stoke City and represented England’s senior national team with superb performance. However, his form dropped massively and after 2018, he has not been selected for the Three Lions.
In October 2020, Butland moved to Crystal Palace for £1 million.
Butland, who spent most of the time as a substitute goalkeeper, played 15 times for the Premier League club in all competitions last season during the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, conceding 18 goals and keeping 3 clean sheets.
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