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Youngster refuses to rule out Man United exit, says ‘there are a lot of great clubs’

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Manchester United are impressed with the progress of goalkeeper Radek Vitek on loan at Accrington Stanley but the youngster admits he does not know what the future holds at the Premier League giants.

Last summer, Manchester United sold Matej Kovar to Bayer Leverkusen, the Red Devils keen to avoid stalling the youngster’s potential after bringing in Andre Onana from Inter Milan as the club’s new number one.

United may have to make a decision about the future of another up-and-coming shot-stopper when the window opens again, with the ambitious Radek Vitek making progress on loan at Accrington Stanley and proving that he has outgrown reserve team football.

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Does Radek Vitek have a part to play at Manchester United?

“The start was great,” Vitek tells Sport after keeping three clean sheets in his first four games between the sticks at the League Two outfit.

“(Man United) follow me all the time. The vast majority of our games are attended by scouts or someone else from the club. I also communicate with United’s goalkeeper coaches, we discuss my performances.

“I have positive feedback (from United).”

Vitek signed a new contract until the summer of 2027 before heading out on loan in January. Whether he sticks around until then at Old Trafford, however, depends on a lot of factors. For instance, would Vitek be happy to play a backseat role behind Onana and Altay Bayindir?

The Czech Republic Under-20 international is open to all possibilities. Vitek insists that he plans to spend the 2024/25 season out on loan, further boosting his experience in senior football, while not ruling out a permanent departure somewhere down the line. 

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Will Vitek take the Matej Kovar route?

“We’ll see what the possibilities are after this season. I don’t deal with that now and I don’t even want to say what I would or wouldn’t want,” Vitek adds. “I am open to everything and let things take their course.

“I do not hide that I would like to move (on loan) again in the summer. We will solve the whole situation with United and my agency, Sport Invest. Whether it’s to the third or second English league, or somewhere abroad, I want to settle in men’s football.

“Of course (I want to play for Man United’s first-team)? That’s the ideal scenario, but I just want to do my best. Then we’ll see.

“There are a lot of great clubs in Europe.”

Vitek admits he is keeping in touch with Kovar, who looks destined to end his debut season at Bayer Leverkusen with a Bundesliga winners’ medal around his neck. Kovar remains Xabi Alonso’s number two shot-stopper but has impressed when given the chance, particularly in the Europa League.

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