Manchester United youngster, Zidane Iqbal has signed professional terms with the Red Devils club of England.
Iqbal, 17, has not played for the Under-18s since December but is expected to regain fitness soon and United rate the attacking midfielder so highly they wanted to tie down Iqbal on a professional deal to oversee his development.
United intends to promote Iqbal to the Under-23 squad next season as he turns 18 later this month.
Iqbal’s representatives, Base Soccer, tweeted: “Many congratulations to Zidane Iqbal, who has signed his first professional contract with Manchester United. Well done Zee!”
Iqbal had started seven times for the Under-18s before he suffered an injury in December and made his debut at that level when he was just 16 last year.
United does not intend to formally announce Iqbal’s extension.