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Since inspiring United’s FA Youth Cup victory last season, the youngster has been negotiating a new contract.
There was thought to be an issue with his image rights, but he has now committed his future to United until June 2028.
‘When I joined this magnificent club, I dreamed of making my debut, playing at Old Trafford, scoring my first goal, and winning trophies with this badge on my chest,’ said Garnacho, who joined United from Atletico Madrid.
‘I feel really proud and emotional to have already experienced these experiences with my family, who have been there for me every step of the way. We are all grateful for the opportunity to continue our adventure at Manchester United, and I have already began to work on reaching the next set of goals and objectives.
‘The manager and his coaching staff have helped me improve in every aspect, and with their aid, I am developing every day to help the squad succeed. I’m looking forward to the future and can’t wait to make more unforgettable memories with this group in front of our incredible supporters.’
Garnacho is having a breakout season, scoring five goals and assisting six times in 31 games before sustaining ankle ligament damage against Southampton last month. He returned to training on Friday, prior to the announcement of the news.
‘Alejandro has truly dedicated himself to fulfilling the objectives that the club set for him since he arrived in Manchester,’ stated United’s football director John Murtough. His talent, passion, and determination to succeed propelled him fast from our academy to our first team, and this new long-term contract underlines our belief in him to continue his exciting career.
Alejandro’s potential is enormous, and we are excited to collaborate with him to aid in the fulfilment of his ambitions at Manchester United in the years to come, under the guidance of Erik and his team.
Ironically, the announcement of Garnacho’s new contract coincides with Erik ten Hag’s statement that United has prevented him from representing Argentina in the forthcoming Under-20 World Cup.
Garnacho had expressed his eagerness to participate in the youth tournament, which begins on May 20 in Argentina, but he had already withdrawn from the senior international matches against Panama and Curacao due to his injury.
The young winger is said to have made a personal plea to Ten Hag to let him go, despite the fact that it would mean missing Premier League games against Bournemouth, Chelsea, and Fulham, as well as the FA Cup Final against Manchester City on June 3.
Javier Mascherano, Argentina’s youth team coach, has also visited with United officials in an attempt to obtain Garnacho’s release.
When queried about the situation after United’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham on Thursday night, Ten Hag was unequivocal. ‘No, we don’t release him,’ said United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ten Hag is looking forward to having Garnacho back in the squad for the final stretch after the injury derailed the youngster’s breakout season.
‘He will return to team training tomorrow (Friday),’ Ten Hag stated. ‘Then we’ll have to see when he can fully return to training and back into games.’