Teenage midfielder Aliou Traore signs first professional contract with Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have confirmed that 17-year-old midfielder Aliou Traore has signed his first ever professional contract with the club at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman arrived at the club over pre-season from Paris Saint Germain and officially signed for them as a youth player last month.

He caught the attention of Nicky Butt and Co last season with a host of imposing, energetic performances in the middle for PSG.

And the club confirmed on Tuesday that Traore, having turned 17 on January 8, had signed his first professional contract and will play for Kieran McKenna’s Under-18s this season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Butt noted that Traore was an exciting prospect but insisted he would take time to fully acclimatise in Manchester.

“Aliou is a tremendously gifted young player and we are all delighted to see him sign his first professional contract at Manchester United,” he said.

“Aliou will naturally need time to adapt, but he has an exciting future ahead of him and we are all looking forward to seeing his performances for the Under-18s in the second half of this season.”

Traore joins Angel Gomes, goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, who has joined the side’s warm weather training camp in Dubai this week, and 17-year-old striker Aidan Barlow in the list of academy prospects to have penned new deals at the club over the past month.

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