Manchester United have confirmed their defender Chris Smalling has signed a new deal to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2015
“Chris Smalling has signed a new contract at Manchester United which keeps him at the club until at least June 2019,” a statement on United’s official website read.
“The England international, 25, has won two Premier League medals with United, made 147 appearances, and scored nine goals since his debut against Chelsea in the Community Shield in August 2010.”
The 25-year-old claims it is the best time to be with the 20-times English champions and is delighted to be playing as a unit under Louis van Gaal.
“I’m delighted to sign my new contract. I am so proud to play for such a great club. We have developed as a team over the course of the season under Louis van Gaal and we are now playing as a complete unit,” Smalling said.
“This is a very exciting time to be at Manchester United, we are all determined to get back to where we belong and competing at the highest level.”
The England international’s previous contract was set to run down at the end of the next season. Initially, he struggled this season with injuries and form, which was then followed by a sending off in 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
After the red card incident against the defending champions, the former Fulham defender has bounced back and impressed in key matches in this calendar year. He has been also find the back of the net on four occasions in 20 league matches.
He becomes the fourth player in recent months after Michael Carrick, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett to sign a contract extension. With United securing Smalling’s services until 2019, their next focus will be on tying down Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea.
United’s priority will be getting De Gea sign a new deal as the Spain international has been attracting interest from Real Madrid. But for now, the Red Devils’ supporters can enjoy the contract extension of Smalling.