Manchester United youngster Gabriele Biancheri has signed his first professional contract with the club after turning 17 years of age.
The Welsh teenager joined United from Cardiff on a scholarship deal back in January with the agreement that he would put pen to paper on professional terms when he became old enough later in the year.
And United have wasted no time in tying him down with the contract signed on his birthday on Monday.
Writing alongside an image of the signing, Biancheri wrote: ‘very proud moment for me and my family signing my first professional contract.’
Despite having never made a senior team appearance, Biancheri was chased by a number of Premier League clubs, though opted to join United.
Gabriele Biancheri has signed his first professional contract with the club with Man United
Born in 2006, Biancheri is a forward who most often likes to be deployed centrally. He is eligible to play for Wales, England or Italy,
Having played for Cardiff’s under-18s in the FA Youth Cup this term and trained with their under-21s, Biancheri is one of the promising young players to have emerged in the UK in the last year or so.
It will be hoped that his development can be further harnessed by the Premier League giants, who possess a consistent track record of turning academy prospects into first team stars.
Writing on social media upon joining in January, Biancheri thanked his coaches for the work they have done with him over more than nine years with Cardiff.
Biancheri joined United on an initial scholarship deal from Cardiff back in January
‘After more than 9 years, my time with Cardiff has come to an end,’ he wrote.
‘I’d like to thank all of my coaches for helping me become the player and person I am today and to all my teammates. I’ll forever be thankful for the opportunity I’ve had at this club.’
He added, alongside a picture of himself in a United shirt: ‘I’m a Red.’