Tuesday 15 November 2011
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has signed a new four-year contract with the Barclays Premier League champions.
The deal will keeper Cleverley, 22, at the Club until 2015 and is a reward for an outstanding start to the season at Old Trafford that saw him make five appearances before picking up an injury at Bolton in September.
"Tom is one of the brightest prospects in the English game," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "For a young boy, he has a good footballing brain which, when coupled with his energy and ability, makes for a player with a fine future ahead of him.
"It's the United way to encourage our young players to make their mark in the first team and Tom has grabbed that chance with both hands."
Cleverley spent last season on loan at Wigan as they successfully fought a battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League and he was called up to the England squad for the August friendly against the Netherlands, although the match was postponed.
But Cleverley insists he is not looking as far as playing at Euro 2012 next summer, and is focusing on helping United achieve success first.
"It's been a fantastic start to the season for me, breaking into the United first team and getting an England call-up," he said. "Having grown up at the club, I'd love to be able to make a contribution to United winning more trophies.
"We have a squad with great ability and I can't wait to get started again when I've recovered from my injury."