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‘Integral part of the team’: Manchester United’s Jonny Evans signs new contract to stay at club until 2016

By Pippa Field

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans received an early Christmas present after he signed a new contract tying him to the club until June 2016.

The Northern Irish defender, who made his debut against Coventry City in the League cup in September in 2007, has made 141 appearances for United.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to have secured the 24-year-old defender – a product of the club’s academy system – for another four years.

“I am delighted he has signed a new contract,” he said.

“Jonny has risen through the ranks to become an integral part of the first team squad.

“He has developed into a top player for us and has scored a couple of important goals this season too.”

In the absence of the injured Nemanja Vidic earlier this season, Evans has established himself as one of Ferguson’s first choice defenders.

In his 15 appearances so far this campaign, Evans has scored three goals – taking his total tally for United goals to four.

In a club career already including two Premier League titles, two League Cups, a Community Shield and a FIFA Club World Cup, Evans admitted there was no other team for him.

“I’m delighted to sign my new contract,” he said.

“I am so proud to play for such a great club, and there’s no better feeling than playing football in this team and winning games.

“I knew that Manchester United was the place I wanted to play football. I have come through the Academy here and developed as a player with the help of all my team-mates, the manager and the coaching staff.

“I would love to play here throughout the rest of my career.”

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