Premier League - New United deal for Cleverley

Mon, 10 Oct 09:15:00 2011

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has signed a new four-year contract with the club.

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The 22-year-old has been rewarded for his bright start to the season with a new deal that runs until the summer of 2015.

The central midfielder started United's first four Premier League games of the season - including the 3-0 win over Tottenham and the 8-2 demolition of Arsenal. He is currently recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the 5-0 win over Bolton a month ago.

United boss Alex Ferguson told the club's official website: "Tom is one of the brightest prospects in the English game. 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 has been at United since he was 12 years old, though he only made his Premier League debut for the club this season.

Following impressive loan spells and Leicester City, Watford and Wigan Athletic he was given his chance in the first team, and his early-season form earned him a call-up for the senior England squad.

Cleverley said: “It’s been a fantastic start to the season for me, breaking into the first team and getting an England call-up.

"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."


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