Premier League - Evans signs new Manchester United contract

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The Northern Ireland international, 24, has added two years to the deal that was due to expire in 2014.

He has reportedly signed improved terms of around £65,000 a week.

“I’m delighted to sign my new contract," he told the club website. "I am so proud to play for such a great club, and there’s no better feeling than playing football in this team and winning games.

“I have always felt that this is the right club for me. Even when I was 9 or 10 years old back home in Northern Ireland, clubs asked me to go on trial but I didn’t go because I knew that Manchester United was the place I wanted to play football.

"I would love to play here throughout the rest of my career.”

Boss Sir Alex Ferguson added: “Jonny has risen through the ranks to become an integral part of the first team squad. He has developed into a top player for us and has scored a couple of important goals this season too. I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”

Belfast-born Evans joined United on schoolboy terms in 2004. He has gone on to make more than 100 first-team appearances for the club, and has been capped 31 times by Northern Ireland.

This season he has been their main centre-half due to injuries to Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

He has scored three goals in 15 matches.