Aarons signs new Canaries contract as report of interest from Arsenal and Chelsea surfaces
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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.'
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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.
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'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