Manchester United confirm new contract for teen talent Zidane Iqbal
Zidane Iqbal has signed a new deal at Old Trafford, Manchester United announced on 28 June.
Iqbal, who was born in 2003, has been impressing many at the club and even made his Champions League debut earlier this season, coming on as a substitute in the closing minutes against Young Boys in December.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who is of Pakistani and Iraqi heritage, has already made two appearances for his national team, playing against Lebanon and Iran earlier this year.
His new deal will keep him at Manchester United until the 2025, with an optional extra year.
Iqbal, commented on his new deal on Twitter stating: “Delighted to have extended my stay at this wonderful club.”
Iqbal, who was born in Manchester to an Iraqi mother and a Pakistani father, was eligible to represent England and Pakistan before deciding to represent Iraq.
The Iraq international is still only in the very early stages of his career, but in his short time in the professional game has still achieved a lot.
When he made his Champions League debut seven months ago, he became the first British South Asian to play for the Red Devils.
He is a technical midfielder, adept at getting around the pitch and pinging accurate passes to either flank.
In addition to this, he is also comfortable with either foot and is a tidy dribbler, regularly passing opposition players with ease.
He is commonly found in deep-lying positions, taking the ball of defenders and progressing attacking sequences but can also be found higher up the pitch getting goal contributions.
Iqbal is one of the exciting names from the Manchester United academy, and it will be interesting to see the strides he makes in the coming year.
In other Manchester United news, the Red Devils have signed Elyh Harrison from Stevenage.