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Mannone makes MLS move to join Minnesota United on loan

Vito crosses the pond to join Western Conference side until end of 2019

10 February 2019

Reading Football Club can confirm that goalkeeper Vito Mannone has joined Minnesota United on loan terms which run until 1st January 2020.

The 30-year-old stopper has played his football in UK since arriving at Arsenal from his native Italy as a 17-year-old, but now he begins a new adventure as a loanee to Major League Soccer.

The former Hull and Sunderland goalkeeper signed for the Royals in July 2017 and has since made a total of 47 appearances between the posts for Reading.

He has made just six starts for the club in 2018-19, last featuring in a home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the very start of September.

Based in the Upper Midwest and playing its football in the state capital, Saint Paul, Minnesota United finished in 18th place at the end of last season’s MLS, and are managed by former Burnley and Sheffield United boss Adrian Heath.

Pre-season has just begun out in the US, so after a flurry of friendly fixtures Mannone could make his MLS debut against Vancouver Whitecaps at the start of March.

Everyone at Reading Football Club would like to wish Vito the very best of luck during his loan period in Minnesota.

The loan move remains subject to completion of the normal ratifcation procedures from the relevant football authorities.

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