Chris Smalling signs new deal with Manchester United keeping defender at Old Trafford until 2019 

  • Chris Smalling agrees new Manchester United contract   
  • 25-year-old has become a regular starter under Louis van Gaal
  • Van Gaal reveals he's 'delighted' that Smalling has penned a new deal 

By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline

Published: 14:28 GMT, 21 April 2015 | Updated: 14:30 GMT, 21 April 2015

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Chris Smalling has signed a new contract at Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019.

The 25-year-old England centre-back has been linked with a move to Arsenal after struggling to hold down a first-team place at United. But Smalling’s form has improved in the second half of the season and he has become a regular starter under Louis van Gaal.

The United boss said: ‘I am delighted he has signed a new contract. 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.

Chris Smalling (left) signs his new Manchester United contract alongside club boss Louis van Gaal

Chris Smalling (left) signs his new Manchester United contract alongside club boss Louis van Gaal

Smalling celebrates scoring United's fourth goal during their 4-2 Premier League win against Man City  

Smalling celebrates scoring United's fourth goal during their 4-2 Premier League win against Man City  

‘He always conducts himself in a very professional manner and it is also pleasing that he has scored some important goals this season too.’

Smalling, who cost United £10million from Fulham in 2010, has made 147 appearances and won two Premier League titles. Four of his nine goals for the club have come this season – including one in the Manchester derby earlier this month.

He said: ‘I am so proud to play for such a great club. We have developed as a team over the course of the season under Louis van Gaal and we are now playing as a complete unit.

‘This is a very exciting time to be at Manchester United. We are all determined to get back to where we belong and competing at the highest level.’

The 25-year-old has become a regular for Van Gaal after struggling for a first time place earlier this season

The 25-year-old has become a regular for Van Gaal after struggling for a first time place earlier this season

Smalling shakes hands with Dutch boss Van Gaal after signing his new long-term deal

Smalling shakes hands with Dutch boss Van Gaal after signing his new long-term deal

 

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