Manchester United’s Aliou Traore has reportedly signed his first professional contract with the club just a month after officially joining the Red Devils’ youth academy.
The highly-rated teenager, who also traveled with United for their pre-season trip to Austria last summer, was officially enrolled in their academy last month on December 3.
And as per Man United’s official website, the 17-year-old midfielder has been awarded a contract following his impressive performances for the club.
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“Aliou is a tremendously gifted young player and we are all delighted to see him sign his first professional contract at Manchester United,” said the head of United’s academy, Nicky Butt.
“Aliou will naturally need time to adapt, but he has an exciting future ahead of him and we are all looking forward to seeing his performances for the Under-18s in the second half of this season.”
#MUFC is delighted to announce Under-18s midfielder Aliou Traore has signed his first professional contract with the club.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 9, 2018
Traore had made his youth team debut last month in Red Devils’ 3-2 defeat to Wolves in the Premier League Cup. The Frenchman is currently serving a three match ban for receiving a straight red card against Derby County in the FA Youth Cup.
Nonetheless, the teen sensation is being regarded as one of the top young prospects in Europe, with the likes of Manchester City and Juventus also keeping close tabs on him.
Traore has become the fourth youngster to sign a professional contract with the club in recent months, following first-team debutant Angel Gomes, goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, and another 17-year-old forward, Aidan Barlow.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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