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USMNT, Valencia youngster Musah signs new long-term contract

The ProSoccerTalk crew looks ahead to the U.S. Men's National Team's matchup between El Salvador and predicts what to expect from the anticipated contest.

In an otherwise dark time in the history of Valencia, 18-year-old Yunus Musah is making the most of his unique opportunity for first-team action, parlaying his first season with the senior team into a new long-term contract.

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Valencia announced the new deal, which is set to keep Musah at the Estadio Mestalla through the summer of 2026, on Friday. According to a report from CBS Sports, the new contract contains a release clause of $121 million.

The deal continues a whirlwind 2020 calendar year for Yunus Musah, who made his first-team debut back in September and made his USMNT debut in a scoreless draw with Wales. Eligible to play for four nations — the United States (nation of birth), Ghana (parents’ birth nation), Italy (childhood) and England (childhood and youth international appearances) — Musah is an increasingly coveted commodity on the international scene.

Valencia’s horrid financial woes made Yunus Musah’s path to the first team possible after the club was forced to shed a number of lucrative contracts — many of which belonged to the club’s top attacking talents — over the summer.

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Musah has started nine (and appeared in one other) of Valencia’s 11 La Liga games this season. The New York City-born winger scored his first senior goal in a 2-2 league draw with Getafe last month.

Musah was previously a member of the Arsenal Under-18 setup, up until he left the club for his current opportunity at Valencia, where he spent his first season with the B-team, in the summer of 2019.

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