Manchester United have continued their trend of penning the deal for promising youngsters at the club to prevent them from leaving the Carrington training ground for regular first team football. After extending Paddy Macnair’s contract recently, they have done the same for Tyler Blackett.
Tyler Blackett has signed a new contract to ensure he stays at Old Trafford for the next two-and-a-half seasons, ie. until 2017, with United having the option to keep him for a further year. He was given his competitive debut by Van Gaal in the 2-1 defeat to Swansea on the opening day of the season following impressive performances from the youngster at the pre-season tour of USA.
Louis Van Gaal expressed his satisfaction with the deal being materialized and has stressed that he feels the left-footed centre-back has the potential to go on and become an outstanding player for United.
Van Gaal said: “I am delighted that Tyler has signed a new contract. He is another young player that has risen through the academy system to break into the first-team squad this season. Tyler has great potential and I believe he is at the right club to continue his development and progression to become a great defender.”
The England Under-21 international is clearly over the moon with the extension as he claimed that it was Manchester United which he has supported since his childhood.
Blackett said: “”I’m thrilled to have signed my new contract. I have supported United all my life and have been here since I was eight years old.”
“To come through the academy and make my debut this season was a dream come true. I want to keep improving within the first-team squad with the help of the manager, coaches and the players around me,” the 20-year-old centre-back added.
Blackett’s new contract follows a similar deal for another young defender, Paddy McNair, who has also signed on until 2017 in a move that also gives the club the chance to keep him for a further 12 months.
Both players’ previous contracts were due to expire this summer. However, both have benefited from opportunities after Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Alexander Buttner and Michael Keane left Old Trafford while more established defenders suffered from injuries at the start of the season.
Time to extend remaining youngsters contract
Now it is time for United to pen the deal for other promising youngsters such as Tom Thorpe and Andreas Pereira. With their contract set to expire this summer, the future remains uncertain for them.
Particularly Pereira could face the same fate many of his colleagues who were on the squad for the embarrassing 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in league cup last August experienced. Six players named in the squad for that ignominious defeat have left the club permanently and Van Gaal has loaned another five out.
Also with Pereira reportedly set to follow the footsteps of a former United academy graduate Paul Pogba to Juventus, United faithful would love for Van Gaal to pen him down with a new contract. Reece James and Will Keane are the other academy graduates out of contract at the end of the season.
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