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Delighted Danny Welbeck eager to continue ‘bright future’ as Manchester United agree four-year deal

By Dean Wilkins

England striker and promising Manchester United star Danny Welbeck is committing his future to the club for another four years after signing a new deal.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the Reds four years ago and, after successful loan moves with Preston and Sunderland, he has forced his way into the first-team.

And after rising through the ranks to seal his place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 – scoring a cheeky backheel against Sweden in their 3-2 win – Welbeck has cemented his place at the top of English football.

“Danny has been with the club since he was eight years old and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years – first out on loan and last year as a regular in the first team,” said Sir Alex Ferguson.

“He has become an important player at international level as well, as the maturity of his performances at the European Championship showed.

“This year is another important one for him. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

Welbeck will be with the club until June 2016 and after growing up just down the road from the club he supported since he was a child, Welbeck was delighted to continue his contract with United.

“Playing for United is all I’ve ever wanted to do – it’s the club I’ve supported all my life,” he said.

“I can’t wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies.

“I’m learning all the time from the best manager in the game and I’m keen for that to continue alongside the world class players in the squad.”

Despite United welcoming Dutch striker Robin van Persie, there was no doubt in the club that Welbeck is the future for United’s strike force.

He has scored 17 goals in 64 appearances for United since coming on against Middlesbrough in the League Cup in September 2008.

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