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Man Utd’s forgotten kid to star at Euros 18 months after mystery illness ruined mesmerising debut

Dylan Levitt admits he’s willing to play club football in any country next season after spending the summer with Wales at Euro 2020.

The Manchester United youngster joined Charlton Athletic on loan last summer but made just five appearances for the Addicks before being recalled prematurely by his parent club.

In February, the 20-year-old made the bold call to sign a loan deal with Croatian outfit Istra 1961 for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign in a bid to give himself the best chance of being included in Wales’ squad for the Euros.

Levitt featured nine times for the Pula-based outfit before linking up with the Red Dragons.

But the Bodelwyddan-born star admits he’s happy to ply his trade in any country next season in a bid to ensure he can continue to progress at professional level.

“The first part of the season wasn’t too great,” admitted Levitt.

“Obviously I didn’t play as much. But then I got an offer from Croatia to go on loan for four, five months and I took it.

“I thought about it for maybe one night. I thought, ‘Yeah I want game time. I want to be in this Euro team.’

“Maybe if I’d stayed in the 23s [at United] I wouldn’t really have a big enough chance, if I didn’t get experience playing first-team football.

“Everyone needs to try to get a taste for men’s football, whether that is second season or third season with the 23s. It is always good to get out and get a different experience out there.

“At Charlton I didn’t really play. I went to Croatia and it built up my confidence.

“Being called up for the squad in the summer and then being announced in the team was an unbelievable honour.”

And on his post-Euro hopes, Levitt – who still has another year left to run on his United contract with the option for an additional 12 months at Old Trafford – commented: “I am not really fussed at the moment.

“Abroad I have been and done. I feel I could adapt well to most countries now. I don’t really mind, England or abroad would be great.”

Levitt caught the eye with a mesmerising debut display in Manchester United’s 2-1 Europa League defeat to Astana in November 2019.

However, the midfielder was struck down by a mysterious illness soon after and did not play a senior match until making his debut for Wales in a 1-0 Nations League triumph over Finland 10 months later.

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“I wasn’t really a great time for me to be honest,” he admitted, previously telling the Times : “One day after training I had chest pains and pains in my back. They didn’t know what it was for a few weeks, I had to go into hospital for a bit. Even to this day, they aren’t sure what it was.

“Back then I was really struggling, I had to have a few months out with it. But we don’t know what it was. It was scary. It was like in my lungs and my chest.

“I’d just started being in and around the first team and I thought, ‘Oh no’. Just when I thought I was getting somewhere.”

Levitt has won eight caps for his country since making his international bow last year – with Ryan Giggs and Rob Page both showing a huge amount of faith in the youngster.

And having earned himself a place in Wales’ 26-man squad for the Euros, Levitt is now bidding to earn his chance to prove his worth on the grandest stage.

“It is a major tournament that we have been looking at for over a year now,” he explained.

“I am just waiting to see if I can get on that pitch. That will be one of the proudest moments of my life, at a major tournament for Wales.

“We are all really buzzing for it. We are in a good group, enjoyment around the place, we are ready for the challenge.”

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