Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has signed a new long-term contract, which will keep him at the club until June 2019, the Premier League club have confirmed.
The 25-year-old England international, whose previous deal was due to expire in 2016 has been rewarded with a new contract for his improved form this season, scoring four goals - better than any other United defender.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2015
United manager Louis van Gaal said: “Chris has improved and developed immensely during the short time that I have been at the club and has become an integral part of the first-team squad. I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”
The centre-back joined the Red Devils from Fulham in 2010 and has won two Premier League titles at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal is expected to sign another centre-back this summer, with Dortmund's Mats Hummels is the favourite to arrive at the Theatre of Dreams.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter:
Smalling is bigging it up, signing a new contract for Manchester United.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 21, 2015
Congrats to Chris Smalling on his new contract. Fully deserved! pic.twitter.com/QhUFFjvF5P
— The New Era (@TheNewEraLvG) April 21, 2015
Chuck hummels next to smalling and smalling is only going to improve
— jordan sibley (@Jo6dan_) April 21, 2015
Chris Smalling has come a long way since that episode against city at their place. If he stays fit he can be very good, Jones turn now...
— John Graham (@jgraham2704) April 21, 2015
Lol Chris Smalling is trending... this world man, this world -_-
— Simon Riopel (@sim_rip) April 21, 2015
Chris Smalling has broken the hearts of every other Premier League club by signing a new contract at #MUFC>
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 21, 2015