Mason Greenwood has officially been unveiled by Getafe after controversially joining on loan from Manchester United.
The forward was presented to the LaLiga club’s supporters at their Coliseum stadium in Madrid alongside their other summer signings.
Greenwood emerged from the tunnel accompanied by pyrotechnics and smoke and walked toward the centre of the pitch to speak to the crowd. His partner, Harriet Robson, with whom he shares a child, was also present in the stands.
Getafe were branded ‘tone deaf’ after hailing ‘MasonMania’ on social media following his arrival but put on a glitzy display for the player’s welcome regardless.
Greenwood told attendees that he was ‘feeling good’ and ‘happy to be here’, and later took to his Instagram page to reflect on his ‘amazing first day’.
Mason Greenwood has been officially unveiled by Getafe after joining from Manchester United
The forward waved to the thousands of supporters gathered inside the club’s Madrid ground
Greenwood’s partner, Harriet Robson, shared a photo from the stadium before the ceremony
Robson also posted a picture of a Getafe shirt emblazoned with the word ‘daddy’ and the No 12
The 21-year-old then added: ‘We take [it] one game at a time. I know the next home game is coming up soon. We are going to try and win it and do our best.’
Greenwood, once capped by England, joined the Spanish top-flight side last week on a season-long loan. Last month, United revealed the player would leave by mutual agreement after an internal investigation lasting just over six months.
The move came after criminal charges against Greenwood, including attempted rape and assault, were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in February.
Ms Robson was seen smiling in the sunshine ahead of the unveiling on Instagram.
She posted pictures on her story to her 725,000 followers of herself smiling at the stadium, plus a Getafe shirt with the word ‘daddy’ on the back and the number 12.
This is the number Greenwood will wear this season.
United revealed Greenwood would leave by mutual agreement after an internal investigation
Getafe supporters asked the player for his shirt and chanted his name at his unveiling
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Thousands had gathered to welcome Greenwood, as well as fellow new additions Diego Rico and Oscar Rodriguez, and chanted his name. His signing has been heavily promoted across the club’s social media pages in recent days.
Indeed, Getafe shared a video of supporters queuing up for pictures with Greenwood and labelled the clip ‘MasonMania’, sparking outrage online.
One account accused the social media activity of being ‘tone deaf’ while another claimed the club have ‘zero shame’. Getafe were also criticised for declaring Greenwood ‘innocent’ despite the charges against him being dropped.
Greenwood was questioned on his fitness at the unveiling, having not played a competitive match since January 2022, but sought to reassure supporters.
‘I’ve been training for four or five months so I’m getting up to speed,’ he said. ‘With my teammates here in my first training was good, so I’m feeling quite well.’
Earlier in the day, Greenwood took part in an opening training session.
Getafe have been criticised for their ‘tone deaf’ social media posts on Greenwood’s signing
His loan deal is thought to include a break clause that would allow Getafe to send him back to United during the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, a domestic abuse charity in Spain has criticised the decision to sign him and called on the club to overturn the divisive move.
But despite this, Getafe head coach Jose Bordalas has defended the club, though he admitted the situation was ‘delicate’.
‘It is a very delicate situation to trivialise that issue,’ Bordalas said.
‘Everyone knows what happened and appropriate measures were taken. Everyone knows how it ended, with a non-convictory sentence.
‘He is a footballer of a very high level and arrives at Getafe with enormous enthusiasm.’
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