Tahith Chong joins Werder Bremen on loan from Manchester United
Werder Bremen have secured the services of winger Tahith Chong on a season-long loan from Manchester United.
Chong, 20, broke into the United first team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the second half of the 2018/19 season, since making a total of 16 appearances, but is now seeking regular senior playing time at the highest level with Bremen in 2020/21. He has already started training with the squad at their pre-season training camp in Zillertal, Austria.
"We're very pleased that Tahith has opted for us. He's a very talented player capable of development who has gained his first experience at the highest level with Manchester United," said sporting director Frank Baumann. "Now he has to get used to the Bundesliga and take the next step in his development with us."
Born on the Caribbean island of Curacao, the winger joined Feyenoord as a 10-year-old before his move to Manchester when he was 16. Two years later he went on tour with the first team, even playing in the 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena as part of a pre-season friendly.
Chong has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Marcus Rashford as a recipient of the Jimmy Murphy award for United’s Young Player of the Year in 2017/18. The following season he picked up the Denzil Haroun award for Reserve Team Player of the Year.
"First of all, I'm very happy yo be here and I'm looking forward to pre-season with the team. The move is a really good chance for me to develop. I'm looking forward to the new season," said Chong, who will wear the number 22 shirt.
The Netherlands U21 international has provided two assists in the UEFA Europa League this season and is being brought to the Weserstadion to improve an attack that struggled with just 42 goals during 2019/20 as Werder only avoided relegation on away goals against Heidenheim in the play-off.
Chong and his new club begin the 2020/21 Bundesliga season at home to Hertha Berlin on 18-21 September, with a potential competitive debut in the DFB Cup first round the weekend before.
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