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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 January 2007, 15:10 GMT
Dong signs new Man Utd contract
Man Utd's China striker Dong Fangzhou signs his new contract
Dong signs a deal to keep him at Old Trafford until 2010
Manchester United's China international striker Dong Fangzhou has signed a new contract with the Premiership leaders.

Dong was granted a work permit in December, and his new deal will keep him at Old Trafford until 2010.

The 21-year-old signed from Dalien Shide in January 2004 for 3.5m and was loaned to Belgian club Royal Antwerp.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's website: "We're all excited he has eventually arrived and can start playing."

During his time in Belgium, Dong scored 36 goals in 61 games for Antwerp.

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Ferguson added: "He sacrificed two-and-a-half years at Antwerp, which showed great patience and determination.

"He's quick, athletic and he can only improve by training with the first team squad here."

Dong's only previous first-team appearances came in non-competitive matches on Man Utd's pre-season tour of South Africa, where he scored the winner in a match against Kaiser Chiefs.



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Dong joins Antwerp
04 Feb 04 |  Man Utd
Man Utd sign Dong
12 Jan 04 |  Man Utd


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