Timothy Fosu-Mensah has agreed a four-year deal with Manchester United to follow in the footsteps of fellow youth team stars Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. The duo agreed new deals earlier in the year after breaking into the first-team last season, and the Dutchman has followed suit to commit his foreseeable future to the Red Devils.
According to the Telegraph, Jose Mourinho was keen on securing a new deal for the young defender, who can operate at right-back, centre-back or as a defensive midfielder. The club are expected to announce the deal before the end of the week.
Fosu-Mensah made his first-team debut last season under Louis van Gaal against Arsenal and impressed in a further eight appearances in the Premier League until the end of the season. The 18-year-old was also involved in United's triumphant FA Cup run making an appearance in the semi-finals against Everton.
Fosu-Mensah, Rashford and Borthwick-Jackson are three of the players who stepped up from the youth set-up last season and have been assured of their futures at the club as Mourinho looks to offload a number of other fringe players. Donald Love and Paddy McNair are among eight other young players who have left the club this summer and Adnan Januzaj could join the defensive duo on a temporary basis at the Stadium of Light for the 2016/17 campaign.
Ashley Fletcher, Joe Rothwell, Tyler Reid, Nick Powell, Oliver Rathbone and Jimmy Dunner are the other players who have departed this summer and it is unlikely to stop with them. Mourinho is looking to further trim his squad and the club will listen to offers for James Wilson, Will Keane and Tyler Blackett, who have been deemed surplus to requirements. Andreas Pereira, on the other hand, will be allowed to leave, but only on a temporary basis, as the club sees a future for the Brazilian at Old Trafford.