Luca Ercolani,


Following a successful trial, the defender completed a move from Italian outfit Forli.

The Italy Under-16 international was on the bench for the final two matches of the Under-18 season, against Norwich City and Southampton, and pushed on last term. United had kept tabs on Ercolani for some time after he spent time at the Aon Training Complex on trial and he received clearance to ensure his eligibility. Kieran McKenna commented: "A young centre-back and one of a batch who have had to be patient and wait for their opportunities with some of the older boys doing really well. He has a fantastic attitude and is a really good trainer. He wants to get better and wants to learn. He is working hard every day and I'm sure, when he gets opportunities over the next couple of months, he'll be eager to take them." In his debut campaign for the Reds, he came on at full-back as a first-half substitute against Leicester City in August, with a number of players on Dallas Cup duty, to add to his six outings at Academy level. The Italian followed this up with four outings in the 2017/18 campaign, which included playing 90-minutes in the Reds' UEFA Youth League victory over CSKA Moscow in December.

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