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Wednesday 22 August 2012

Welbeck extends Manchester United stay

England striker pens a new deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2016

Danny Welbeck has been at Manchester United since he was eight years old

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at the Barclays Premier League club until at least June 2016.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the Old Trafford side in 2008 but over the last 18 months has found himself playing a much greater role in the first team.

"He has a bright future ahead of him"
Sir Alex Ferguson

He made his senior England debut in March 2011, went to UEFA Euro 2012 his summer and – although United invested in Robin van Persie earlier this month – there was never any doubt Welbeck would sign a new deal.

"Danny has been with the club since he was eight years old and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years – first out on loan and last year as a regular in the first team," manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's official website.

"He has become an important player at international level as well, as the maturity of his performances at the European Championship showed. This year is another important one for him. He has a bright future ahead of him."

Welbeck, born locally in Longsight, expressed his delight at signing a new deal with his boyhood club.

"Playing for United is all I've ever wanted to do – it's the club I've supported all my life," said the striker, who has scored 10 goals in 39 Premier League appearances for United. "I can't wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies.

"Playing for United is all I've ever wanted to do"
Danny Welbeck

"I'm learning all the time from the best manager in the game and I'm keen for that to continue alongside the world class players in the squad."

To read the match report from Manchester United's opening day defeat at Everton click here.

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Key Points

  • Danny Welbeck agrees new four-year deal with Man Utd
  • England international delighted with new contract
  • Sir Alex Ferguson commends 21-year-old's progress at Old Trafford