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Manchester United Hand Chris Smalling A New Contract

Old Trafford star deserves new deal says boss.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has signed a new five-year contract with the club after impressing in his debut season.

The 21-year-old has put in some outstanding displays this season when called upon in the absence of captain Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand.

The England U21 international made 34 appearances following his £7million move from Fulham last summer and allowed manager Sir Alex Ferguson to sell veterans John O’Shea and Wes Brown this week.

“This is a great club and in the short time I have been here I have already achieved more than I could have ever expected to,” Smalling said.

“I am looking forward to a long and successful career at Manchester United.”

Smalling’s performances this season earned  him a first Premier League title medal, and he was part of the United side that defeated Chelsea in last season’s Community Shield.

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

“Chris has been outstanding since joining us from Fulham last year.

“He is an extremely talented young defender. He is quick, strong and reads the game well. He is a great asset to the team.”

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