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After an impressive season in the Under 23’s for Manchester United, young central midfielder Zidane Iqbal puts pen to paper on a Manchester United contract extension.
The Manchester born 19-year-old was sought to be a promising talent when joining the academy of Manchester United in 2019.
Since joining the club, Iqbal has had a slow and steady pathway into the first team but received a boost from former interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
When arriving at United, Rangnick entrusted in the youth which saw fellow academy player Anthony Elanga play regular first team football.
Rangnick also gave the Iraq national a major step up to gain first team football by including him in the first team training.
An experience of a lifetime soon came to Zidane Iqbal when the Iraq national was included in the team line-up to face Young Boys in a Champions League fixture.
It was on this night that the young academy prospect would make his professional debut for the Red Devils becoming the first British South Asian in Manchester United history.
Although Iqbal only had a brief period of time on the pitch, it was clear to see that there was a plan to integrate the talented midfielder into the Manchester United first team.
Since Zidane Iqbal’s debut in December, the midfielder has officially signed a contract extension at the club.
He is seen as a talent which can be grown even further in the future.
In a report from Samuel Luckhurst of Manchester Evening News, it was said that the young midfielder was included to take part in the Premier League fixture against Brentford in December, but due to a Covid-19 outbreak the fixture had been rescheduled.
After an incredible season for Zidane Iqbal which also saw the midfielder receive an international call up from Iraq featuring in two games for his national team.
The future is looking ever so bright for the young midfielder who has been deservedly awarded for his efforts.
Zidane Iqbal featured for Manchester United Under 23’s last season, playing a total of 16 games whilst scoring twice.
Following Erik Ten Hag’s first day at Carrington, Iqbal was one of 18 academy players to train under the new manager.
The youngsters are keen to impress 👊 pic.twitter.com/yzelEVGEoI— Utd District (@UtdDistrict) June 28, 2022
After signing a new contract, the integration of the midfielder will be expected with a chance to highlight his ability with the first team should Erik Ten Hag take Zidane Iqbal on board for the pre-season tour.
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