Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is ready to hand wonderkid Demetri Mitchell a new deal at Old Trafford after receiving rave reviews about his recent performances, reports The Mirror.
Mitchell, who is just 17-years-old, starred in United's Milk Cup success over the last couple of weeks, and even managed to slot home four goals in the opening game of the tournament.
It now appears, then, that United want to tie him down for the long term, with his current contract set to come to an end in 2016. The same report has suggested that a number of English clubs and European based teams are interested in the starlet, but it appears that the Red Devils are determined to keep him.
Having starred at Under-16 and 17 level for England, the technically gifted winger looks set for a bright future in the game, and may look to follow in the footsteps of Belgian international Adnan Januzaj in the coming years.
However, there's a twist: the report has indicated that Southampton boss Ronald Koeman wants to bring the player to the St Mary's on loan for the 2014/15 campaign. There has been a mass exodus at the Saints in recent time, with the likes of Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Co. all having departed the club.
Luke Shaw also departed Southampton in favour of a move to Manchester United, so perhaps the Red Devils will now return the favour and allow their youngster to join Koeman's side.
It remains to be seen as to whether United allow the player to exit Old Trafford for the short term, but he certainly seems a key player for the future. At Southampton, then, the youngster could play a key role next term, and gain crucial Premier League experience as he continues his development in the game.
Manchester United will certainly be hoping to see the youngster star for a number of years in England's elite division, but they may have to watch him learn the ropes at the St Mary's first.
Manchester United fans: Do you think Mitchell can emulate the likes of Januzaj in the near future? And, do you think he should leave the club on loan for the 2014/15 campaign? Have your say below!
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