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Man Utd prospect Elanga signs contract extension until 2026

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 24 Dec 2021

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Manchester United prospect Anthony Elanga has penned a contract extension to keep him at the club until June 2026.

Elanga only signed new terms last March, though no specific details were confirmed for that deal.

And United have now rewarded Elanga with a fresh contract, with the Red Devils holding the option to extend for a further year until 2027.

Upon the announcement of his extension on Friday, Elanga said: “My ultimate ambition has always been to play for Manchester United. The standard is extremely high, but this contract is another important moment in my journey. 

“This is the perfect environment to take the next step, with world-class players and coaches to learn from every day. 

“I am overjoyed that the club has shown such faith in my development, and I want to thank my family and all of the staff for their ongoing support. 

“I know that with hard work and dedication comes opportunity at this special club and I cannot wait to continue my progress here.”

The 19-year-old, who is a Sweden Under-21 international, made his Premier League debut last May in a 2-1 loss against Leicester City before scoring his first top-flight goal against Wolves later that month.

With United boasting a plethora of attacking talent, opportunities have since been limited for Elanga, who has amassed 277 first-team minutes across five appearances.

Red Devils interim manager Ralf Rangnick offered the younger players a chance against Young Boys in just his third game in charge, though Elanga failed to impress on the left wing despite playing the entire 90 minutes.

On Elanga’s contract extension, United football director John Murtough added: “Anthony is a young player that we all really believe in. He has consistently impressed throughout the academy age groups and risen to every challenge that he has faced. 

“Anthony is extremely dedicated; he has the work-rate and attitude to keep improving every day and succeed at Manchester United. He is yet another fantastic example of the type of player that our world-leading youth development system continues to produce. 

“We are thrilled that Anthony has signed this new contract, and everyone is excited to see him grow over the coming seasons.”

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