Manchester United are close to rewarding winger Daniel James with a new contract following his impressive debut season at Old Trafford this season, according to reports.
The 22-year-old was United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s first signing last summer and he has made 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and assisting seven others.
Solskjaer intended to ease James into the team but injuries to the likes of Anthony Martial earlier in the season have meant the winger has played a vital role this term.
According to The Sun, James was promised a more lucrative deal if he could prove himself at United in his first season and the newspaper claims that he has done just that.
It is said that James’ pay is set to increase to £50,000 per week from its current £35,000 per week mark.
A United insider reportedly told the newspaper: “Daniel’s attitude both on and off the pitch has been first class since he arrived.
“He probably didn’t expect to be involved as much as he has been, but United want to look after him on the wages front.
“He’s an integral part of what the manager is trying to do here, we’re all very impressed.”
Having beaten Manchester City on Sunday for the third time in four games this season, United face another important week with Austrian side LASK in the Europa League up next on Thursday before a crucial clash with Tottenham in North London on Sunday.
United sit three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table and a win would extend the Red Devils’ current unbeaten run to 11 matches.
The club’s recent revival has been in part due to Bruno Fernandes‘ impact on the squad since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January.
Fernandes has scored three goals and laid on three others in his eight appearances so far and reports have claimed that his performances have led Paul Pogba into a rethink over his end-of-season plans.