Smalling signs new deal with United

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Friday, July 8th, 2011

Manchester United have shown their faith in young England defender Chris Smalling by signing him on a new five-year contract at the club.

The former Fulham defender enjoyed an impressive first season at Old Trafford and Sir Alex Ferguson clearly sees him as the future of the club as well as an adequate replacement for either of first choice duo Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic.

With John O’Shea and Wes Brown leaving the club this week, Ferguson was keen to tie Smalling down for the long-term and he is now contracted to the club until the end of the 2015/2016 season.

By this time, Smalling will be hopefully of being a regular for both club and country, perhaps alongside another summer signing for Manchester United Phil Jones.

The player himself is clearly delighted to have impressed enough to secure a new contract at the Premier League Champions and he is determined to repay the faith shown in him.

The 21-year-old said: “This is a great club and in the short time I have been here, I have already achieved more than I could have ever expected to.”

“I am looking forward to a successful career at Manchester United.”

As for the Manchester United manager, it is clearly a deliberate ploy to bring in some younger defenders this summer while shipping out the more experienced duo of O’Shea and Brown.

Ferguson is planning for the future, perhaps even beyond his own managerial days and this is positive news for the club. Many would be willing to place their football free bets on Smalling and Jones being the first-choice pairing at the club before long, that’s for sure.

The Scotsman is happy to see Smalling commit to the club too, saying: “I am delighted Chris has signed a new contract. He is an extremely talented young defender – he’s quick, strong and reads the game well. He is a great asset to the team.”

United now have plenty of options for central defence with Smalling, Jones and Jonny Evans providing back-up to Ferdinand and Vidic.


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