Manchester United’s wonderkid Adnan Januzaj has signed a new 5-year contract with the club.
Januzaj, 18, scored both goals in his first competitive start for the Premier League champions in their 2-1 win at Sunderland on 5 October.
“It’s a great thrill to be able to sign for Manchester United,” the Belgium-born player told the club’s website.
United manager David Moyes described Januazj, who arrived from Anderlecht in 2011, as “truly exceptional”.
Januzaj’s contract had been due to expire in the summer, meaning he could have left Old Trafford for a minimal compensation fee as he is under 24.
“It’s like a dream,” added Januzaj, who excelled in United’s youth and reserve teams after joining as a 16-year-old. “Since arriving here I have always felt like this was the right club for me.”
Although named as a substitute Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of United in May, he has played a more prominent role under Moyes and has impressed since appearing as a substitute in the Community Shield win against Wigan in August.
“He is an outstanding talent,” said Moyes. “His balance, poise and ability to beat players is truly exceptional for a boy of his age.”
Januzaj’s new deal means United have potentially avoided a repeat of the situation that saw highly-rated midfielder Paul Pogba move to Juventus once his contract expired in 2012.