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Defender Tyler Blackett signs contract extension at Manchester United

Rohan Menon
Modified 26 Feb 2015, 22:30 IST
Tyler Blackett
Tyler Blackett

Tyler Blackett has signed a new contract for Manchester United which will extend his stay at Old Trafford to 2017. The Manchester boy has great things expected of him from United manager Louis van Gaal.

The United confirmed the extension of Blackett’s contract, which has an option of extending it by one more year, by posting about it on their official twitter page. The United boss was delighted at the news as he said, “I am delighted that Tyler has signed a new contract. 

“He is another young player that has risen through the Academy system to break into the first-team squad this season.

“Tyler has great potential and I believe he is at the right club to continue his development and progression to become a great defender." 

Blackett, who has been a Manchester United fan since he was a kid, has made 10 appearances since his debut in the loss against Swansea at the beginning of this season.

Blackett was also thrilled after signing the extension at his boyhod club. He said, “I'm thrilled to have signed my new contract. I have supported United all my life and have been here since I was eight years old.

“To come through the Academy and make my debut this season was a dream come true. I want to keep improving within the first-team squad with the help of the manager, coaches and the players around me.”

Some of the other people who have signed new contracts are defenders, Paddy McNair and Reece James.

Both Blackett and McNair, whose contracts were set to expire this summer, have been fortunate enough to play due to the departure of defenders Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Alexander Buttner and Michael Keane.

Published 26 Feb 2015, 22:22 IST
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