Manchester United complete deal for Moutha Sebtaoui - reports

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Manchester United have completed a deal for Standard Liege goalkeeper Ilias Moutha Sebtaoui according to reports in Belgium.

The 16-year-old Belgian has signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils according to Belgian newspaper HLN, joining countryman Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira at Old Trafford.

Sebtaoui will join up with Manchester United's U18 squad when he completes his move alongside Indy and Seppe Boonen who will also be part of that team next season.

The talented youngster was also once a target for Chelsea, but he eventually opted to further his career with Manchester United.

While Sebtaoui is evidently one for the future, Manchester United have more pressing concerns in goal with serious question marks over David de Gea. The Spanish international, who last night scooped the club's player of the year prize, is out of contract next year is yet to commit his future to Manchester United - prompting speculation over a move to Real Madrid.

Reports in Spain have suggested that De Gea has already agreed terms with the Spanish giants - although yesterday the Daily Mail claimed that Manchester United were holding out for a £29 million fee plus full-back Fabio Coentrao.


While boss Louis van Gaal is keen to keep hold of De Gea, he admits the decision is now out of his hands. He said:  "It is not easy to choose between two great clubs. We would be very happy if he stays. He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish and he can go to another great club, so it is difficult for him to decide.

"David De Gea shall not leave us so easily because we are a great club and he wants to participate. He is still behind Casillas but now a Spanish club is coming."

Speaking at last night's end of season award ceremony, Van Gaal also picked out De Gea as the player that had 'impressed' him the most this season. "As a manager I have observed him and seen his progress this season," he explained. "There has been fantastic development from him.


“As a manager, that’s what you look for the most. That’s why De Gea has impressed me the most, because of his development.”

De Gea is yet to make clear his plans for the future, although he did take to Instagram to thank the Manchester United fans after winning his award.


There's a lot of speculation over De Gea at the moment, however it seems as though the move isn't as far as long as some are suggesting in Spain. Manchester United are in a precarious position in that they could lose him for nothing if they aren't careful - so if they can't persuade him to sign then they need to extract the maximum price. Sadly Real Madrid know that and can bide their time.

Hugo Lloris has been suggested as a replacement but he's just signed a five-year deal at Spurs. Manchester United would be better off letting Victor Valdes play for a season until his contract runs out. If he's a success then great, if not then they will have a little more leverage on Lloris 12 months down the line.

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