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Manchester United Striker Welbeck Signs New Four-Year Contract

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck signed a new four-year contract with the 19-time English soccer champion.

Welbeck’s agreement runs through June 2016, the Premier League club said on its website. The 21-year-old England national team player has 17 goals in 64 appearances for United since 2008.

“Danny has been with the club since he was eight years old and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years, first out on loan and last year as a regular in the first team,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “This year is another important one for him. He has a bright future.”

Welbeck scored 12 goals in 39 games last season after spending the 2010-11 campaign on loan at Sunderland. His new deal comes five days after United signed Robin van Persie from Arsenal on a four-year contract.

“Playing for United is all I’ve ever wanted to do, it’s the club I’ve supported all my life,” he said. “I can’t wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies.”

Welbeck has made nine appearances for England since debuting in 2011, scoring twice. He started all four games at this year’s European Championship and had the winning goal in a 3-2 defeat of Sweden in the group stage.

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