Manchester United have signed teenager Charlie McCann in the ongoing transfer window from Coventry City to add more promise to their academy, headed by former club legend Nicky Butt.
After agreeing a deal to sign him back in September 2017, the club completed the move this weekend. The teenager revealed on social media site Instagram about his contract signing at Old Trafford.
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He wrote: “Happy to sign for Manchester United, a new chapter begins.”
McCann, who completed the move to United, made his England Under-16 debut in a 2-0 win over Uruguay last year. He had earlier joined Coventry at the age of seven.
Charlie has been a big fan of United since childhood, and Coventry academy head Richie Stevens had earlier stated in September that the decision to let him go was simple, despite not wanting to sell him.
“When a big football club come knocking, and it is the club that Charlie supports, you must let him go and have that experience. We did not want to sell him, we did not need a fee for him even though there was a fee involved,” said Richie.
He had also added that the player got complete support from the academy: “Charlie goes with complete support from me and the rest of the staff from the academy. He has been unbelievable for us, even making his England debut back in August.”
Meanwhile, Nicky Butt has been involved in transforming the club’s academy similar to the days under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and keeping things well alive and competitive.
The last few days have been pretty busy for Butt, after he saw several young guns sign new contracts. Aliou Traore and Arnau Puigmal signed new deals this week, as the promising Angel Gomes also penned a contract last month.
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