Welbeck lands new contract
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with the Old Trafford club.
The 21-year-old is delighted to have reached an agreement with United after months of contract talks with his childhood side after establishing himself last season as first-choice strike partner for Wayne Rooney.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reassured him that he still remains a key player despite the recent arrival of fellow forward Robin van Persie from Arsenal for £22m.
It's understood Welbeck's new deal is worth around £50,000 a week, which is treble his previous pay packet, although the agreement for the England international, who has scored 17 times in 64 appearances for United, is packed with a host of clauses and incentives.
Ferguson said: "Danny has been with the club since he was eight years old and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years.
"He has become an important player at international level as well, as the maturity of his performances at the European Championships showed.
"This year is another important one for him. He has a bright future ahead of him."
Welbeck, who played in all of England's Euro 2012 games this summer, is equally pleased to have reached an agreement and feels he can only get better the more he plays.
The striker said: "Playing for United is all I've ever wanted to do - it's the club I've supported all my life.
"I can't wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies.
"I'm learning all the time from the best manager in the game and I'm keen for that to continue alongside the world class players in the squad."