Timothy Fosu-Mensah is set to put pen to paper on a new four-year contract extension with Manchester United after the international break.
The Dutchman moved to the Theatre of Dreams in 2014 from Dutch giants Ajax, and has progressed rapidly since. He became a regular for the club’s Under-21 side and made a big impression on the then manager Louis van Gaal and his coaching staff.
Van Gaal decided to reward his solid performances with a place in the first team, and Fosu-Mensah made his breakthrough in February this year, against Arsenal no less, albeit due to the large number of players out through injury.
According to The Sun, the youngster, who is 18 years old, will sign a new contract worth around £5.2 million over the course of four years, which will keep him at Old Trafford till 2020. The defender will also see his wages rise to £25,000-a-week.
The arrival of Jose Mourinho after the sacking of van Gaal was met with fears that United’s younger generation would suffer, due to the Portuguese’s poor track record with giving academy players a chance in the first team.
However, despite several of United’s youngsters either going out on loan or leaving permanently, Fosu-Mensah was kept in the squad. Mourinho was reportedly very impressed by the teenager, who is apparently above Matteo Darmian in the pecking order now.