Nani deal on ice, Welbeck signs new bumper contract

England international striker Danny Welbeck has committed his immediate future to Manchester United by signing a new four-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Welbeck's contract will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2016, extending his stay at a club he joined five years ago. It has been reported that his wages were trebled from his current contract.

"Playing for United is all I've ever wanted to do - it's the club I've supported all my life," Welbeck told the club website.

Nani failed to produce his best against Everton. AP

"I can't wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies."

The 21-year-old Welbeck has scored 17 times in 64 appearances for the club and enjoyed a breakout campaign last season after returning from a loan spell at Sunderland.

Meanwhile, Nani is sweating over a new deal at United, but his drab performance against Everton means that the club are in no hurry to renew his current contract.

Nani earned an unlikely yellow card early in the match and never really recovered to perform like he was expected to. A United insider was quoted in The Sun as saying: "The club did not think his form at the end of last season put him in a very strong bargaining position over a new deal. Monday was hardly his best either."

He went on to say: "There was an intention to get him on a new four-year contract. But initial demands from Nani's side were way over the top. Right now United are happy to leave it until next summer unless his demands are dramatically dropped. But they won’t sell unless silly money comes in."

Looks like Nani will not get a raise on his £90,000 a week deal unless he starts firing on all cylinders. And with Robin van Persie, Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck all flexible enough to play through the flanks, he has his job cut out.

With inputs from Agencies

Updated Date: Aug 22, 2012 15:50 PM

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