Manchester United News: To lock down wonderkid Amir Ibragimov to a new deal, Red Devils have resisted offers from big European teams.
Ibragimov has been a standout for United’s academy teams and was also called up to the England youth team. His performances had also piqued the curiosity of a number of other clubs. However, the Red Devils have won the battle to keep him in Manchester.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the 15-year-old has signed a pre-scholarship contract with the Red Devils, pledging his immediate future to the team.
It is claimed that after making an impression at United, he had been drawing “serious interest” from elite teams throughout Europe. However, the striker will continue to play for United until he turns 17 and becomes eligible for professional contracts.
Manchester United News: Ibragimov is highly rated
Teams made “many inquiries” about his future this summer, demonstrating the depth of interest in him. But the Red Devils insisted he should stick around Old Trafford for the long haul.
Ibragimov is regarded as one of United’s academy’s highest-rated talents. He was occasionally elevated to their Under-18s squad last season. The forward led United to the Albert Phelan Cup while playing at the Under-14 level.
He also participated for United in their 2-0 victory over Rangers in the Super Cup NI Junior final, which they won last month. Ibragimov was born in Russia, but on the international stage, he represents England.
He spent time last week with the Three Lions’ young setup, scoring a hat-trick as they defeated their opponent 4-3. Ibragimov won’t be seen at the senior level for some time. However, given his current trajectory, it would be worthwhile to keep an eye out for him.
Ibragimov would aim to make the squad for the FA Youth Cup, which the Red Devils’ Under-18 team won last season. As part of a number of adjustments United made to their academy coaching staff at the beginning of the summer, their head coach Travis Binnion was moved to head of player development and coaching. Head of academy Nick Cox insisted the club would profit from the move.
Changes in the coaching staff
In June, he added, “The increased flexibility reflects our tailored approach to player development. It concentrates on assisting players to realise their potential by working with each specialist coach at the best time.”
“I take tremendous pride in the top-notch learning environment we have established for our personnel. I enjoy watching them advance as a result of both internal and external possibilities.”
“The adjustments incorporate the perfect balance of seasoned club employees and great outside hires as we continue to fill our world-class youth development system with the best-in-class professionals.”