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Man Utd sign highly rated teenager Traore to first professional contract

20:55 GMT+3 09/01/2018
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The U-17 France international has been compared to Paul Pogba, and now may have a chance to soon line up alongside the Red Devils star

Manchester United have announced that teenage midfielder Aliou Traore has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Traore only joined Man Utd in December, arriving from Paris Saint-Germain amid concerns of a lack of first-team opportunities with the Ligue 1 leaders. 

Having only just turned 17, Traore has been tipped for big things and has been compared to his countryman Paul Pogba.

“Aliou is a tremendously gifted young player and we are all delighted to see him sign his first professional contract at Manchester United," academy head Nicky Butt told

“Aliou will naturally need time to adapt, but he has an exciting future ahead of him and we are all looking forward to seeing his performances for the Under-18s in the second half of this season.”

"Traore is a boy we've been looking at for a while," Man Utd Under-18s coach Kieran McKenna told MUTV last month after Traore's arrival at the club.

"He is a really powerful midfielder who likes to run box to box. He is very strong technically and is improving all the time."