Zidane Iqbal signs new long-term contract with Manchester United

Manchester United have announced that youngster Zidane Iqbal has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder made his first-team debut in last December’s Champions League group stage match against Young Boys at Old Trafford.

The Iraq international has made two World Cup qualifying appearances after opting to represent the country of his mother’s birth.

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After being given a taste of first team football under Ralf Rangnick during the German’s interim spell in charge of the Red Devils, Iqbal, who was pictured training in Erik ten Hag’s first session in charge of the Reds, will be keen to impress the Dutchman.

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The former Ajax boss has shown throughout his career that he is willing to place his trust in talented youngsters and that will be music to Iqbal and several other United teenagers ears.

Following a turbulent campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rangnick, Ten Hag will be keen to restore the feel-good factor around Old Trafford.

While no signings have yet been announced at the Theatre of Dreams, eight Manchester United teenagers formed part of Ten Hag’s first session at Carrington.

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Iqbal will be hoping to secure a place in Manchester United’s pre-season tour and gain valuable game time under the 52-year-old.

In 24 appearances for the Manchester United academy sides last season, Iqbal, who has the versatility to play out wide or in a deeper midfield role, scored four goals and laid on one assist.

Zidane Iqbal’s new Manchester United contract is thoroughly deserved and he’ll be hoping to kick on and build on his solitary appearance for the first team.

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