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Chris Smalling agrees new Man Utd contract until June 2019

Chris Smalling agrees new Man Utd contract until June 2019

Fola Akintomide

Manchester United’s England defender Chris Smalling has agreed a new contract until June 2019.

The 25-year-old joined United from Fulham in 2010 and has won two Premier League medals at Old Trafford.

United manager Louis van Gaal said: “Chris has improved and developed immensely during the short time that I have been at the club.
“He has become an integral part of the first team squad. I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”

Smalling began his career at the Millwall academy and played for non-league side Maidstone United before joining Fulham in 2008.
Having represented England at schools under-18, U-20 and U-21 levels, he made his senior international debut against Bulgaria in September 2011 and has won 16 caps

The centre-back has made 147 appearances for United since his debut against Chelsea in the Community Shield in August 2010, and his most recent goal came in the 4-2 win over rivals Manchester City this month.

Commenting on his new deal at the club, he said: “I am so proud to play for such a great club. We have developed as a team over the course of the season under Louis van Gaal and we are now playing as a complete unit.

“This is a very exciting time to be at Manchester United, we are all determined to get back to where we belong and competing at the highest level.”