The 18-year-old has been honored for making an impression at the club’s academy and making his debut for Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Senior Manchester City striker Liam Delap has signed a three-year contract renewal, under which he will remain at the club until the summer of 2026.
The 18-year-old made his first team debut last season with a 2-1 Carabao Cup third-round victory over Bournemouth before being used as a substitute in the Premier League match against Leicester City.
A number of league clubs are looking to loan Delap, but since City have yet to sign Sergio Aguero’s replacement, his immediate future will be at Etihad Stadium.
What has been said?
“Obviously, this is a huge achievement for me,” he said. “I’m so happy. I’ve been here for two years now and I love it every day. I just loved this place and all the people. Can’t wait to do more.
“I have everything here. I have just taken my place here and therefore I have dedicated myself here to my future.
“There is always someone to support you. They make you feel welcome and you get the best coach and the best players to play with you, so it improves your game. “
Why did City have a long-term deal with Delap?
The son of cult Premier League hero Rory Delap, he joined City in June 2019 and quickly made his mark at the Academy as a scorer.
In his debut season, he scored nine goals in 15 games and also helped City succeed in the 2020 FA Youth Cup.
In addition to being part of Guardiola’s squad, Delap scored 24 goals in 20 appearances for the elite development team last season as City won the Premier League 2 title and the striker was named Player of the League.
Delap has already shown his willingness to play first-team football by scoring in the EFL trophy for Mansfield Town and Tranmere Rovers in the second league.
Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Derby have been linked to leases this season, but Target realizes that he currently has no plans to leave.
However, that could change if City sign the striker in the transfer window and Tottenham player Harry Kane remains the main target.