Manchester United wonderkid Angel Gomes has agreed his first professional contract at Old Trafford, the club have confirmed.
The 17-year-old forward has made one first-team appearance for United, but the Red Devils were sweating over the youngster’s future. Barcelona was understood to be expressing a strong interest in his services.
Asked about his decision to sign the deal at United, Gomes told MUTV: ‘Manchester United has always been a big part of my life.
‘I have been with the club since the age of six and it was a proud moment for me when I made my first team debut.
‘This club is renowned for giving home-grown players opportunities to progress into the first team and that was a major factor in me signing my first professional contract at this great club.
‘I am still young but am looking forward to continuing my development with the help of the coaching staff and I will take every opportunity that comes my way.’
Jose Mourinho is delighted to have tied down Gomes on a contract at Old Trafford. ‘I am delighted that Angel has signed his first professional contract with the club,’ Mourinho said.
‘I gave him his first-team debut at the end of last season.
‘It made him not only the youngest Manchester United player to play in the Premier League era but also the youngest player to represent Manchester United since Duncan Edwards in 1953.’