Manchester United win race for Emeran
Manchester United have fended off significant interest from Paris Saint-Germain to hand French starlet Noam Emeran his first professional contract.
The highly-rated 17-year-old forward moved to Old Trafford earlier this year as a scholar from Amiens, having initially gained a big reputation coming through their youth ranks.
United, however, were aware that officials in Paris had not given up hope of signing the pacy teenager, who can play out wide or down the middle.
The Red Devils had previously courted Emeran for months, a result of the club stepping up their scouting network in France during the last two years.
Emeran is yet to feature for United’s Under-18 team this season due to an injury he picked up at the start of the campaign, but he has quickly caught the eye of senior boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in training sessions.
It is understood the Manchester giants did not want to leave it any longer to hand the starlet a pro deal this week, sending a clear message to PSG and his other suitors that Emeran is now ‘boxed off’ for the next couple of years.
UPDATE: 17yr-old Noam Emeran, son of former Rwandan defender Flits Emeran Nkusi (2005-2007), has signed his first professional contract with Manchester United. He is the latest in a very small number of players of Rwandan origin joining top global soccer sides pic.twitter.com/utrzxq52QA
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Speaking about joining United back in February, Emeran said: “After talking to my family, I think it was the best choice (to go to United) over what I was offered to reach the top level.
“Now, it is up to me to do the job to achieve my goals and dreams.”
United have been busy in recent weeks handing some of their brightest academy talents new deals, with the first-team path opening up to many of their prospects this season under Solskjaer.
Striker Mason Greenwood, defender Brandon Williams and midfielder Dylan Levitt, have all received lucrative extensions in recent months.
United’s decision to tie the trio down underlined to Emeran and his advisers that United are now more focussed on sending the right message to their young conveyor belt, rather than always going after the big names.
Solskjaer is likely to give more of his fledgelings another starting opportunity on Thursday night in the Europa League against Astana in Kazakhstan, with his team already qualified for the knockout stage.