Manchester United have reportedly confirmed that Spanish teen prodigy, Arnau Puigmal, has officially signed his first professional contract with the Old Trafford outfit.
Puigmal, who was formerly enrolled in Espanyol’s youth system, joined the Red Devils’ youth academy in July last year.
The 17-year-old’s debut came in September, in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United at the Cliff, in which he scored a blistering free-kick.
United’s Head of Academy, Nicky Butt, expressed his contentment, as he told ManUtd.com: “Arnau has impressed us all since he came to the club this season.
“He has a great attitude to learn and he has quickly picked up English, which will be a great help to him going forward. It is clear to see that he has all the attributes to develop into a top player and have a fine future ahead of him.”
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Along with Butt, United’s Under-18s coach, Kieran McKenna, who had hailed the youngster for being a “technical midfield player” following his arrival in England, has been left dazzled with Puigmal’s skill.
“He played for Espanyol against our Under-16s at the Med Cup in the second half of last season. He’s a really dynamic, technical midfield player who likes to drive forward and carry the ball,” said McKenna back in September.
“He can handle the ball really well and seems a lovely young man too. His English is coming along and he’s settling well, so I am sure he’ll enjoy his time at the club.”
Puigmal follows the footsteps of teammates Aliou Traore, Aidan Barlow, and Angel Gomes, who also signed their first professional contracts with the Red Devils in recent months.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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