Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has extended his stay with the club.
The 29 year old has put pen to paper to a brand new four year contract with an option to extend it for another year. Despite severe criticism regarding his style of playing Smalling has been United’s most consistent defender in the past couple of years.
The English international joined the Red Devils from Fulham in 2010 and had to wait for a while to hit the ground at the Old Trafford. Predominantly a centre back the defender can also be deployed on the right side of the defence.
With Victor Lindelof injured and Eric Bailly out of favour currently, Smalling has been leading the United backline and he is likely to be given a much larger role when Liverpool will host the Red Devils.
Smalling said, “This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team.
“It is a real honour to play for Manchester United and we are all now concentrating on the busy schedule of games throughout the festive period.”
Jose Mourinho also happy on the development. “I am very happy Chris has signed a new contract. Chris has been with the club for a number of years and is now one of the senior players within our squad.”