Tom Cleverly (Image by Getty Images via @daylife)
The midfielder, Tom Cleverly, has signed a new contract at Manchester United.
The 22-year-old has finally managed to break into the first team at Old Trafford this season and his performances have been so impressive that Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to reward him with a new deal.
The official statement on the club’s website said:
“Tom Cleverley has signed a new four-year deal which will see the midfielder stay at Old Trafford until the end of the 2014/15 season.
The 22-year-old, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury, is a product of the Manchester United Academy, having arrived at Old Trafford at the age of 12, and his recent performances for the first team have seen him called into the full England squad.
Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted that Cleverley has put to paper on a new contract, saying: “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.”
The man himself added: “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.”