Aarons signs new Canaries contract as report of interest from Arsenal and Chelsea surfaces
Norwich City have completed a contract hat-trick after signing right-back Max Aarons to a new deal – with Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly tracking the teenager.
The 18-year-old has made rapid progress this season and become head coach Daniel Farke’s first choice right-back, making nine appearances in all competitions and scoring during the 3-1 win at Cardiff in the Carabao Cup third round.
The former Luton Town trainee only signed a deal to keep him at Carrow Road until 2021 in June but has progressed impressively ever since, becoming an England Under-19 international.
Fresh terms have been signed today, with Aarons committing until 2023 and saying: “I’m really happy as the club has shown their faith in me.
“To play me at 18 years old, some managers wouldn’t have done that, so I can only thank the boss for that.
“It’s amazing, from last season with the under-23s and now in the Championship it has been a big step, I’ve really enjoyed it and can’t wait to carry on.”
The new deal comes as good news for the Canaries following a Press Association report that Arsenal and Chelsea are keeping a close eye on the full-back’s development.
Head coach Farke, speaking to City’s website, added: “From the first moment he was with us he has improved each and every day, his consistency in his performances is outstanding.
“He’s just 18 years old, it’s outstanding at such a young age with such good performances, I hope we can develop him further.”
Aarons, born in Milton Keynes, was still playing FA Youth Cup football for City’s under-18s as recently as February.
The Canaries have already announced two contract extensions today, with left-back Jamal Lewis and midfielder Louis Thompson signing long-term deals.
Aarons is currently away with the England U19s and will be hoping to win his third cap at that level during a friendly in Portugal tomorrow (4pm), which is followed by a home friendly against Macedonia at St George’s Park on Monday (2pm) as preparations for European U19 Championship qualifying in November are stepped up.
• Farke was full of praise for Aarons after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Stoke, you can see his thoughts on the youngster in the video above