Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has put pen to a new contract that will keep him at the club till the summer of 2023.

Manchester United have managed to tie down star striker Marcus Rashford to a new long-term contract, the club confirmed on their official website on Monday.  The academy graduate has agreed to extend his stay at Old Trafford till the summer of 2023, with an option of a further twelve-month extension.

Rashford, 21, came through the Manchester United academy, breaking into the first-team in February 2016 under then manager Louis van Gaal. The Englishman quickly made a reputation for himself by scoring some crucial goals and soon became an integral part of the senior setup.

Till date, Rashford has made 170 appearances for the 20-time English champions, netting 45 goals and setting up 26 more, winning a League Cup, an FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League. The 2018-19 campaign saw the England international come up with a return of 13 goals and 9 assists from 47 matches in all competitions.

The 21-year-old had appeared somewhat unsettled during Jose Mourinho’s managerial stint, with the Portuguese shunting him out on the flanks, but under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Rashford has established himself as the first-choice centre-forward for Manchester United ahead of Romelu Lukaku.

So, the fact that his contract was set to expire next summer was a major cause of concern for Manchester United, especially with La Liga champions Barcelona lurking to make a move. And hence, the news of Rashford’s contract extension will come as a huge relief for the club’s supporters in a period when things haven’t quite been going their way.

The new contract will keep Rashford at Manchester United till 2023, with the club having the option of extending it by another year. As per a report from BBC Sport, the 21-year-old will be taking home wages of £200,000-a-week as part of the new deal.

Expressing his delight after signing the extension, Rashford said, “Manchester United has been everything in my life since I arrived here at the age of seven. This club has shaped me, both as a player and as a person, so it is such a privilege every time I get the opportunity to wear the shirt.”

“I want to thank Ole and his staff for everything they have done for me; they are the perfect group of coaches to learn from as I continue my development and look to push on to the next level. I will be giving everything I have to help get this club back to where it belongs and deliver the success that our fans deserve.”

Rashford’s contract extension comes as the third major piece of business Manchester United have completed in the summer window, following the signings of winger Daniel James and right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Swansea City and Crystal Palace, respectively.

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