In a recent report, Manchester United’s official website confirmed that 22-year-old goalkeeper Matej Kovar has left the club to join Sparta Prague on loan for the rest of the 2022/23 season.
‘Matej Kovar has signed a new contract with Manchester United and is heading out on loan for the rest of the 2022/23 season.’ – The report read.
‘The 22-year-old has finalised fresh terms with the Reds that will run until June 2025, with the option of a further year.’
‘His immediate future, however, lies away from Old Trafford as a temporary move to Sparta Prague has been secured, subject to international clearance.’
Having failed to secure a transfer on the deadline day, Kovar was set to stay with Manchester United for the rest of the season. However, with the Czech league’s transfer window closing on September 8, the clubs got the deal done with a little creative thinking.
Matej Kovar has had loan spells at Burton Albion (four clean sheets in six games) and Swindon Town (one clean sheet in twenty-one matches) previously. Besides, the 22-year-old shot-stopper has represented the Czech Republic at every level starting from the U-19s to the U-21s. He has been called into their senior squad, although he is yet to make his debut.
Good Move For Both Parties?
Manchester United signed Martin Dubravka on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle United to add cover and competition for David de Gea. Tom Heaton is already the third-choice goalkeeper and with Nathan Bishop also staying back, the Red Devils have a total of four choices in goal. Hence, Kovar’s loan move to his home country could turn out to be quite significant for his development as he has more chances of securing game time there.
Kovar has also penned down a new United contract until 2025, with the option of an additional year.