Winger Tahith Chong has signed a new contract at Manchester United.
The club confirmed the deal on the club’s official website, ending speculation over the young Dutchman’s future.
Inter Milan had been trying to sign the winger, whose deal was set to expire this summer. The deal runs until 2022 with an option of an extra year.
Chong explained his decision. He said: “When I joined Manchester United as a youngster, it was a dream come true. It is an honour every time I pull on the shirt and represent this club. I am working hard every day to improve and I know this is the perfect environment to develop my game.
“The opportunity to learn from the manager, his coaching staff and the world-class players here is fantastic. I am delighted to sign this new contract and really grateful for the chance to prove myself here for many years to come.”
He added: “I’m at a club where, if you work hard, you get your opportunities. It’s all about taking those opportunities as well. I think we’ve got a manager who believes in young players. It’s an exciting time at the moment.”
What’s next for Chong?
This time last year the prospect of losing Chong was a lot more worrying than it has seemed lately.
His first team performances have been underwhelming this season, but he is gradually making progress, providing an assist in the recent victory over Club Brugge.
For the under-23s he has looked like a different player, with seven goals and seven assists in 10 appearances.
He has clearly got talent, he just needs to have confidence, and get regular game time.
It would have been tough to lose him for nothing and then see him go and be a success elsewhere, so it is good to see him decide to stay put.
It would make sense for Chong to head out on loan next season to a club willing to give him regular football, and then return to United even stronger and full of confidence.
Focus will now turn to teammate Angel Gomes, who United are also trying to convince to sign an extension. Seeing Chong commit could help him decide to continue his adventure at the club too.
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