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Manchester United starlet Shola Shoretire signs long-term contract


Manchester United have battled competition from some of Europe’s biggest teams to secure a professional deal with 17-year-old academy starlet Shola Shoretire.

Shoretire, who held the record for youngest player in UEFA Youth League history until he was beaten by Dortmund sensation Youssoufa Moukoko in 2019, has had an extremely impressive season with United, joining the The Under 23 team despite his young age.

The teenager’s rise to power has been followed by figures like Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, but according to the Daily Mail Shoretire sees his long-term future at Old Trafford.

He is expected to sign his new contract with United in the coming days, and while there is no mention of the terms offered, the deal is expected to “underscore how much he is appreciated” by the club.

Shoretire trains regularly with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team this season and has been regularly invited to make his senior debut this season or next, and United have worked tirelessly to convince him that there is a place for him. at Old Trafford.

Shola Shoretire
Shoretire makes waves at Old Trafford | Visionhaus / Getty Images

Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and former United man Michael Owen are believed to have all spoken to Shoretire about his contractual situation to help persuade the teenager to put a pen to paper, and it appears they did just that. .

There were fears that the level of competition for places in Shoretire’s position could convince him to leave. As for the wingers, United already have Rashford, Greenwood and Daniel James as they pledged to spend almost £ 50million to sign young duo Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri this summer.

However, despite these lucrative arrivals, United remain committed to Shoretire and have promised him a chance to prove himself in Solskjaer’s senior squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer is a big fan | Pool / Getty Images

Shoretire isn’t the only academy gem making waves at United. He played in the recent 6-3 win over Liverpool’s Under-23s, but it was Diallo and new scout Joe Hugill who stole the headlines by combining all six goals.

United’s first four, which also featured £ 10million man Hannibal Mejbri, have all been asked to cause a sensation at Old Trafford in the coming years, with Solskjaer keen to continue injecting local talent into his squad.

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