Nottingham Forest has signed Anthony Elanga from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.
The Swedish international becomes United’s third major departure this summer following the departures of Alex Telles and David de Gea.
He joins Forest on a five-year deal that will keep him at the City Ground until 2028.
Elanga joined Manchester United in 2014, rising through the youth ranks at the club before making his senior debut in the 2020/21 season.
He made 55 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring four times.
But after playing just 418 minutes of Premier League football last season, he decided it was time to leave Old Trafford this summer.
The 21-year-old had interest from Everton but chose Forest, which he feels is the perfect next destination in his career.
Speaking after completing the move to City Ground, Elanga said:
“It’s a proud moment, not only for me but for my family as well. “It’s the perfect next step for me in my career.
“It’s a big step, and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the Forest fans at the City Ground. I had interest from elsewhere, but for me, Nottingham Forest feels like the perfect place.”
“I’ve been here with United, and from the minute I stepped out for the warm-up, I could hear them from the changing room,” he added.
“It’s a special place, but being here with Forest, I feel like it will be even more special.
“I’m really ready for the challenge, and I just want to embrace everything and get to work.”
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Ross Wilson, Forest’s chief football officer, said: “Anthony had a number of excellent options in front of him to choose from. So we are naturally delighted that from those he has chosen to become a Nottingham Forest player.
“From the first meeting we had, he was so committed to all aspects of how he can continue to develop working with Steve [Cooper] on the pitch, whilst he was also excited and embracing the ambitions Mr Marinakis has for the football club.”