Barcelona target set for new Manchester United contract

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Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj is expected to sign a new contract with the club, amid reported interest from Barcelona.

Sky Sports reports how the 18-year-old attacking midfielder has attracted admiring glances from a host of top European clubs after impressing in the Premier League champions' youth and reserve sides this season.

The Belgian teenager was recently voted Manchester United's reserve team player of the year, and is expected to make the step up to the Old Trafford first-team in 2013/14 under the new stewardship of incoming manager David Moyes.

Despite speculation suggesting Barcelona are ready to bid for Januzaj, his agent, Dirk Devriese, says he is likely to sign a new and improved contract to remain in England, two years after arriving from Anderlecht in 2011.

"We know Adnan is on the list of many clubs," said Devriese. "But, my player was voted reserve team player of the year and was one of the star players on a few big youth tournaments.

"It's no surprise other teams are interested in him. Sir Alex Ferguson has told Adnan a few weeks ago that he can play in three positions in the midfield. They have worked hard on his weak points.

"We'll talk about a new contract in a month - his one is expiring in 2014. The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson has delayed the negotiations, but if everything goes well, Adnan will stay a few years longer at Old Trafford.

"The club rewarded him with a squad number and he'll be part of the first squad next season."

Manchester United have a proud history of developing and bringing through young players, and Januzaj looks set to be the latest in a long-list of youth team players to make the successful transition to the first-team.




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