Man United agree contract for defender

Chris Smalling has signed a new contract that will keep him at Manchester United until June 2019, according to the Daily Star.

The 25-year-old England international has been rock at the heart of Louis Van Gaal’s defence, and has scored four goals in 20 Premier League outings this season.

And Smalling has spoken of his pride at being able extend his stay at the club.

“I’m delighted to sign this new contract,” he said.

“I’m 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 are now playing as a complete unit.

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

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And Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal insists Smalling’s performances under him this season has convinced him that he deserves a new deal.

He said: “Chris has improved and developed immensely during the short time that I have been at the club and has become an integral part of the first team squad.

“He always conducts himself in a very professional manner and it is also pleasing that he has scored some important goals this season.

“I am delighted he has signed his new contract.”

Smalling signed for Manchester United from Fulham for an undisclosed fee in July 2010 and has since gone on to make 147 first-team appearances for the Red Devils, scoring nine goals.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal to sign PSV wonderkid Memphis Depay this summer.