Manchester United have announced that youngster Angel Gomes has gone on to sign his first professional deal with the club.
The 17-year-old academy product has been at the club since the age of six, and after making the cut at various youth levels, he made his first-team debut last term against Crystal Palace under Jose Mourinho in the side’s final league game.
The talented player was a part of England’s U-17 World Cup-winning squad that beat Spain in the final in the month of October.
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The youngster cited that his reason for signing his first professional contract was because of the club being renowned for giving chances to youth players since decades.
Upon signing, he stated: “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.”
Meanwhile, United’s youth team coach Nicky Butt was delighted too, and praised the player’s attitude.
“Angel has gone from strength to strength in his development and we are all pleased that he has signed his professional contract with Manchester United,” said the club legend.
“He is still very young and has a good aptitude for learning; coupled with his natural talent, we can see that Angel has a very bright future.”
First team manager Jose also stated that he was excited to see Gomes, who became the youngest ever player to play in the Premier League for the club, sign the contract.
“I am delighted that Angel has signed his first professional contract with the club,” said the Portuguese.
I gave him his first-team debut at the end of last season which 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.”
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