Old Trafford starlet rewarded for fine form.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has been rewarded for his fine start to the season by signing a new five-year contract.
The 20-year-old has agreed in principle to the new terms that will see his salary treble to £45,000-a-week.
The England international has become a United regular this season after spending a year on-loan at Sunderland.
His form has also seen him called up into the international arena with manager Fabio Capello a confirmed fan.
Welbeck’s existing deal does not expire until 2013 but United are keen to tie him down to a long contract to ensure there are no doubts over his future, according to Goal.com.
He will become the latest rising star to commit his future to the club after Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Javier Hernandez all recently signed new deals.
Meanwhile, team-mate Wayne Rooney said he will play in midfield, rather than up front, if manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants him to.
“I played there a lot when I was younger and it’s something which means you get a lot of the ball and we had to defend at times as well tonight,” Rooney told Sky Sports.
!The manager asked me to do it and I’m happy to do it.
“I’ve said before I feel I’m a good enough footballer to play anywhere on the pitch.
“I’m not being big-headed, I feel I am capable of doing that and if the manager wants me to play there, I’ve no problem doing that.”