Manchester City striker Liam Delap has signed a new deal that keeps him at the club until 2026.
Delap was signed as an academy player in 2019 from Derby County and instantly impressed in the Under-18s, before smashing the Under-23s goalscoring record last season in addition to scoring on his senior debut for Pep Guardiola’s side.
City have moved to secure the long-term future of one of the brightest young English talents by agreeing a new five-year deal that signals their intent to bump him into the first team squad.
Delap could still play a role for the Blues this season, with no final decision made on his future as the transfer window approaches its final week. A host of Championship clubs have expressed interest in taking the striker on loan for the season and City are not averse to a deal being struck, but would also have no problem with keeping him – especially given they are light on strikers and the 18-year-old is now eligible for Champions League games.
The teenager, who has missed the beginning of the campaign with a foot injury, addressed his future recently: “Obviously, it’s up to the club,” he said.
“I think what’s happened at the club so far has been amazing for me and I trust them to make the right decision. I’ve been extremely happy with everything that’s happened at City. I’m really happy here and I’ll just see what the club want to do for me.”