Liam Delap signs new contract with Manchester City amid widespread interest in rising star
Highly-rated Manchester City striker Liam Delap has signed a three-year contract extension, which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2026.
The 18-year-old made his first-team debut last season, scoring in the 2-1 Carabao Cup third round win over Bournemouth before being used as a substitute in the Premier League clash with Leicester City.
A number of Championship clubs are keen on loaning Delap out, but City have yet to sign a replacement for Sergio Aguero, so his immediate future is likely to be at the Etihad Stadium.
What was said?
“It’s obviously a huge achievement for me,” he said. “I’m very happy. I’ve been here for two years now and every day I’ve loved it. I just loved the place and all the people. I can’t wait to do even more.
“I have everything here. I have just found my place here and that is why I committed my future here.
“There is always someone to support you. They make you feel welcome and you get the best coaching and the best players playing with you which improves your game.”
Why did City give Delap a long-term contract?
The son of cult Premier League hero Rory Delap, he joined City in June 2019 and quickly made an impression at the Academy as a goalscorer.
He scored nine goals in 15 games in his debut season and helped City win the FA Youth Cup in 2020.
As well as appearing for Guardiola’s side, Delap scored 24 goals in 20 games for the elite development team last season as City won the Premier League 2 title with the striker named player of the league season.
Delap has already shown he is ready for first-team football after also scoring against League Two sides Mansfield Town and Tranmere Rovers in the EFL Trophy.
Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Derby have all been linked with loan moves this season, but Goal understands that there are currently no plans for him to leave.
However, that could change if City sign a striker in the transfer window, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane remaining the primary target.
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