​Chris Smalling has signed a new contract with Manchester United, extending his eight-year association with the Old Trafford side. 

The deal ties the 29-year-old to the club until 2022, with an option for a further year on the end of that – a strong statement from United's hierarchy that they see Smalling as a player who can play the role of veteran leader at Old Trafford. 

Quoted on the ​club's website, Smalling said: “This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team. It is a real honour to play for ​Manchester United and we are all now concentrating on the busy schedule of games throughout the festive period.”

Jose Mourinho added: “I am very happy Chris has signed a new contract. Chris has been with the club for a number of years and is now one of the senior players within our squad.”

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Smalling has made over 300 first team appearances for the Red Devils over the years, including 18 starts this season alone. Only ​Nemanja Matic and goalkeeper ​David de Gea have played more league minutes than the London-born defender, with a rotating cast alongside him a reflection of both injury issues and Mourinho's continued unhappiness with his options at the back.