Manchester United starlet Zidane Iqbal signs a new long-term deal at Old Trafford until 2025, with the Iraqi international, 19, hoping to impress new boss Erik ten Hag after making his first-team debut in the Champions League
- Manchester United youngster Zidane Iqbal has signed a new long term deal
- The 19-year-old Iraq midfielder has committed his future until 2025
- Iqbal made his professional debut for United in the Champions League last term
Manchester United prospect Zidane Iqbal has penned a new long-term deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2025.
The teenage midfielder was introduced to United fans last season when he made his professional debut in the Champions League during a 1-1 draw against Young Boys in December, with the player brought on in the 89th minute alongside fellow academy graduate Charlie Savage.
Iqbal, 19, was born in Manchester and plays international football for Iraq – his mother’s birth country. He joined United at the age of nine and has the option to extend his deal for further year.
Manchester United teenager Zidane Iqbal has penned a new deal with the club until 2025
The Iraq international made his professional debut for United in the Champions League – being introduced against Young Boys in December
A club statement read: ‘Manchester United is delighted to announce that Zidane Iqbal has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
‘Iqbal has agreed a new deal that will keep him at United until at least June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year.
‘He will be looking to hone his talents behind the scenes and maintain his development at the club in the coming months and years.’
His new contract comes at a perfect time, with new boss Erik ten Hag this week taking pre-season training for the first time and looking out for fresh talent to bolster his struggling United side.
He will have a chance to impress new boss Erik ten Hag during pre-season training this month
Iqbal only signed his first professional contract last year and had a solid season for the club’s Under-23 side last season – making 16 starts and scoring two goals.
His emergence comes at a time where United’s youth talents are highly regarded.
The club won the FA Youth Cup last season, with young Argentine Alejandro Garnacho scoring twice to help see off Nottingham Forest 3-1 at Old Trafford.
Garnacho – who netted seven goals in seven Youth Cup games – is also believed to be in discussions to extend his deal despite having three years left to run on his current United contract.