It’s been a memorable five months or so for Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, and it promises to get even better this summer.
After making a significant impact at Old Trafford last season, he was picked by Roy Hodgson for his England squad at Euro 2016 and impressed in cameo appearances off the bench in France.
However, according to The Sun, he will now put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal with sportswear giants Nike worth £400,000-a-year as they ward off interest from rivals to secure future collaborations with the 18-year-old.
Rashford scored five goals and provided two assists in 11 Premier League appearances last season, as he emerged as a star for the future and added his name to the long list of youngsters to break through at United.
While he will face more competition this season with Jose Mourinho bringing in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as the fact that he doesn’t plan to deploy Wayne Rooney in midfield, the youngster will have to relish the opportunity to prove his worth again.
It could be a difficult transitional phase though having become accustomed to being a leading figure in United’s attack in the second half of last season under Louis van Gaal, and it remains to be seen how he responds.
Nevertheless, there’s no denying his potential, both on and off the pitch, and that is something that Nike have clearly seen and analysed, and in turn have offered him new terms which will see him tied down for the next five years.
Rashford will have to continue to deal with the different level of pressure and expectation as he continues his development, but from what United supporters have seen thus far, there is every indication that he is capable of embracing it and becoming a key figure in the squad in the coming years.