Manchester United new-boy Aaron Wan-Bissaka has said that earning the chance to play for the club is an ‘honour’ after the defender signed a five-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.
The 21-year-old arrives in Manchester for an initial fee of £45m, with a further £5m being paid to Crystal Palace in appearance-related add-ons and has credited Ole Gunnar Solskjær for convincing him to make the move.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Wan-Bissaka said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say.”
“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour,” the Croydon-born right-back added.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has now signed two players since arriving at Old Trafford in December, both aged 21, and the recruitment strategy of bringing in young, British talent looks set to continue with plans to pursue Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff. After Wan-Bissaka put pen to paper, Solskjær said: “Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.”
“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”
Wan-Bissaka also revealed that it was Solskjær’s vision for United that aided his decision to switch South London for Manchester, admitting:
“I have spoken to him and he has told me how he feels about me. Ole has reassured me about his plans, what he is going to do with the team. That is something I want to be a part of. It was the gaffer’s decision and his plan to rebuild, and to bring the team back to where it is supposed to be. I wanted to be a part of that plan.”
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