By Will Butcher
Domingos Quina is hoping to follow in the footsteps of teammate Reece Oxford after signing his first professional contract with West Ham.
Midfielder Quina has put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at the London Stadium until the summer of 2019.
West Ham revealed the news on their official website, as well as claiming that the former Benfica and Chelsea schoolboy had attracted the interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Talking after putting pen to paper on a new contract, Quina revealed that he hopes to break into Slaven Bilic’s starting XI after watching Oxford play alongside the Hammers’ first-team stars.
“I chose West Ham because it is a great club,” Quina said. “They like to give young players opportunities to break into the first-team like Reece Oxford and I hope to do the same.
“I like to enjoy my football and do things which people are not expecting. I am very happy to have signed my first professional contract with West Ham.”
The midfield starlet has already caught the headlines this season with some hugely impressive displays for West Ham’s development side, including a 40-yard screamer against Leicester City.
Quina, who turned 17 last Friday, has already made two first-team appearances for the Hammers this season after starring in the Europa League qualifying stages in both legs against Slovenian giants NK Domzale.
Given the number 36 shirt, fans could be about to see the Portuguese midfielder in the first team sooner rather than later as he continues to impress for the East London outfit’s reserve side.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham’s decision to give the youngster a professional contract at just 17 years of age until the summer of 2019 shows just how much they rate Quina. His performances in the reserve side have turned heads, and it will not be long before the midfielder is in action for the first team. With Europe’s leading clubs circling as the future of Quina continued to remain unclear, the move to sign the highly-rated star could prove to be pivotal. The Hammers are likely to benefit from the performances of a player who feels wanted in East London, if Bilic is ready to give the Portugal Under-18’s international a chance.
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