Will Keane set for long-term Manchester United deal?

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Manchester United youngster Will Keane is set to sign a long-term deal to stay on at Old Trafford under new manager Louis van Gaal.

The 21-year-old England U21 forward spent the last two seasons out on loan at Wigan and Queens Park Rangers but could be set to stay at Old Trafford this term if he agrees terms to a new deal with the Red Devils.

According to reports, the starlet could leave the club as his contract has expired with interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham a pressing concern for Manchester United but Goal.com suggest that there's a chance he could remain a United player.

The youngster is understood to be considering his options, one of which is, of course, to stay on at Old Trafford and fight for his place in the team under Louis van Gaal. The Netherlands coach is known be a strong advocate of utilizing and developing youth at every club he has been to, bringing through the ranks the likes of Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich.

Keane will no doubt hope he can emulate the success of the Germany forward by bursting into the first team at the Theatre of Dreams but with the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck on the books at United, he may find his first team opportunities limited in the present.

United certainly won’t want the youngster to emulate Paul Pogba who left the club in 2012 after three years in on the periphery of the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson. The French midfielder, still just 21 years of age, signed for Juventus where he has become one of the most exciting midfielders on the continent breaking his way into the France national team he is currently away representing at the World Cup in Brazil.

United have also lost 21-year-old left-back Zeki Fryers who also spent three years at Old Trafford alongside Pogba before moving to Standard Liege for one season only to sign for Tottenham Hotspur last year.

The club will be eager to prevent the same scenario occurring with Will Keane who could provide the future for England when Wayne Rooney hangs up his boots at international level. Keane has performed well at U21 level, U19 level and youth level for his country but needs to play regularly at club level to improve, perhaps a new deal with Manchester United and another loan spell out would be the wisest option for the club, the player and the fans who will not want to see him leave.

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