Anthony Elanga signs new Manchester United contract just nine months after last deal

Man Utd have sealed the long-term future of Anthony Elanga as he signs his second contract of 2021.

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Anthony Elanga has signed a new long-term contract that will keep him at Manchester United until 2026, with the option of an additional year.

Elanga, 19, only signed his previous contract with the club nine months ago, but has now been rewarded with updated terms after an impressive calendar year.

The teenager joined United when he was just 12 years old from Swedish side Malmo and has worked his way up through the youth ranks to his current role on the fringes of the first team.

MEN Sport reported last week Elanga had agreed to his new contract prior to the club officially announcing the new deal on Christmas Eve.

Speaking as part of the announcement the Swedish teenager shared his delight at committing his future to the club: "My ultimate ambition has always been to play for Manchester United.

"The standard is extremely high, but this contract is another important moment in my journey. This is the perfect environment to take the next step, with world-class players and coaches to learn from every day.

"I am overjoyed that the Club has shown such faith in my development, and I want to thank my family and all of the staff for their ongoing support.

"I know that with hard-work and dedication comes opportunity at this special club and I cannot wait to continue my progress here. Glory to God always.”

United football director John Murtough added: "Anthony is a young player that we all really believe in. He has consistently impressed throughout the academy age groups and risen to every challenge that he has faced.

"Anthony is extremely dedicated; he has the work-rate and attitude to keep improving every day and succeed at Manchester United.

"He is yet another fantastic example of the type of player that our world-leading youth development system continues to produce. We are thrilled that Anthony has signed this new contract, and everyone is excited to see him grow over the coming seasons.”

Almost half of the sides in the Championship showed an interest in signing Elanga on loan at some stage this past summer, but former manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer was keen to keep him at the club where he could learn from senior strikers such as Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He was named the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year last year and made his first-team debut against Leicester back in May, before netting against Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season a week later.

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