Johan Guadagno has revealed that his decision to leave Manchester United this summer came as a ‘bit of a surprise’ to the Red Devils.
The Premier League club bought the young goalkeeper for their academy from Swedish IF Bromma in 2019. He played nine games for United U18 last season, conceding 14 goals and keeping two clean sheets in the process.
Although there were two years left of his contract at Manchester United, the Swede decided to leave the English giant to FC Copenhagen. During an interview with Tipsbladet, the 18-year-old revealed why he decided to leave the Old Trafford club in the last window.
“I had two years left on my contract at Manchester United. I told my mother I would not be there again.” he said.
“I have to train with the first team for my own development. And it has been a good decision. They were not hard to negotiate with, but I felt it came as a bit of a surprise to them that I wanted to leave.
“I thought the road to the first team was a bit closed. That was the feeling I had. It was nothing for me, so I decided to leave. It was a dream come true and now is the time to wake up and start working hard to become the best professional goalkeeper I can be. ”
At the age of 16, Guadagno had to leave his family to move to Manchester United. The goalkeeper has now explained that it was hard for him to leave Sweden at a young age and he also discussed his initial difficult days in England.
“It was incredibly hard to be there, I will not lie about that. I had an incredibly good relationship with my coach Kevin Wolfe the first year, and he was tough on me in the beginning, but then it got better in the second season, also because I started playing a lot more matches, “ explained the keeper.
“The first year was hard for me. Moving away from the family and everything else, but I felt the second year went so much better and I got more opportunities.
“It was also one of the reasons I could come to FCK because I had proven myself there and now it’s time to prove myself here.”
Guadagno has been included in Copenhagen’s first team squad for the UEFA Conference League, but he has yet to perform for them this season.