Sam Johnstone signs new contract with Manchester United until 2018

by Tanveer Arayan

Sam Johnstone has signed a new Manchester United contract until 2018.

The 23-year-old is still the club’s third-choice goalkeeper and hasn’t been able to make his competitive debut yet.

He came through the academy system and has been with the club since he was 10, representing Man United at each level before approaching the first-team squad.

Speaking about his new contract, Johnstone is delighted to stay on at Old Trafford.

“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” he said.

“I have been with the club since I was 10-years-old and have grown up here. The last 13 years have flown by and I have enjoyed every moment of my time here so far.

“I am working with world-class goalkeepers every day and now I am going to use all that experience to push myself and show the manager what I can do.”

Jose Mourinho praised the academy graduate, adding: “Sam is a goalkeeper with great potential. He is a very professional young man with a great attitude to the game. He has progressed immensely even during my short time at the club. I am delighted he has committed his future to Manchester United.”

He’s been on the books for over 13 years but still hasn’t made a Premier League appearance, which could hinder his development at the age of 23.

Although Mourinho believes he is developing quickly and is seen as one for the future, he needs to be playing now and picking up some valuable experience.

Johnstone has previously spent spells on loan at Oldham, Scunthorpe, Walsall, Yeovil, Doncaster and Preston, but it remains to be seen how he’ll get into the team ahead of David de Gea and Sergio Romero.

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