MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing a new contract for wonderkid Kobbie Mainoo, according to reports.
The youngster has been a bright spark for the Red Devils since bursting into the first-team this season.
He was made to wait for his chance this season because of injury but since starting against Everton in November he has barely missed a game.
Mainoo, 18, is now in talks with the club over a new long-term deal, reports Fabrizio Romano.
United reportedly view the midfielder as a key part of their project and will offer him a pay rise to tie down his future.
Mainoo has already doubled his salary to £20,000-a-week this season by reaching ten senior appearances.
The England U19 star is now being tipped for a bright future at the Theatre of Dreams.
He has been compared to football great Clarence Seedorf by Rio Ferdinand and is starting to add goals to his game.
Mainoo scored a superb solo effort in the dying seconds against Wolves to hand United a 4-3 win after they had surrended two late goals.
Ferdinand said of the academy graduate: “I’m not saying he’s of the same ability or that he’s that player yet, but he gives me Seedorf vibes.
“The way he manoeuvres in tight situations and the way he manipulates this ball and uses his body at times.
“He shifts it, pops it through legs, beautiful. He’s elusive at times as well and the control and the awareness to pick his spot.
“Some players see the headlines there and think ‘I’m going to go for it’, but he just caresses it.”
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