Man Utd tie Zidane Iqbal down to first professional contract with 17-year-old star impressing in youth ranks

Man Utd tie Zidane Iqbal down to first professional contract with 17-year-old star impressing in youth ranks

MANCHESTER UNITED have tied Zidane Iqbal down to his first professional contract after starring for the club's youth teams.

The talented attacking midfielder, 17, joins Teden Mengi, Shola Shoretire, Hannibal Mejbri and Anthony Elanga – recently promoted to the first-team squad – in penning new deals in 2021.


Iqbal doesn't turn 18 until next month.

But Man Utd are so keen on him, they are set to fast-track his route into the first team.

Iqbal is tipped to be part of United's Under-23s squad next season after starring for the Under-18s this term.

Base Soccer – Iqbal's representatives – revealed the news of his first pro contract on Twitter.

They tweeted: "Many congratulations to Zidane Iqbal, who has signed his first professional contract with Manchester United.

"Well done Zee!"

Iqbal himself added: "A dream come true to sign my first professional contract @ManUtd.

"I’d like to thank my family, my friends, the coaching staff and @CAABase for all their help and support."

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Iqbal made his Under-18s debut last year aged just 16.

And he started seven matches for them this season before injury struck, ruling him out since December.

Despite not having played in nearly four months, United are certain Iqbal has what it takes to succeed.

Iqbal's form has helped Man Utd take a two-point lead over rivals City in the Under-18s Premier League table.

United haven't won the competition since 2017-18, when the likes of Mason Greenwood, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong were in the squad.

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