Premier League giants Manchester United have revealed their intention to develop football in Saudi Arabia after agreeing a deal with the Kingdom’s General Sports Authority.

United will offer their business and sporting expertise in a bid to improve the standard of the game in Saudi Arabia.

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Richard Arnold, United’s group managing director, said: “The club has a long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia and has over five million passionate fans in the region.

“Our partnership with Saudi Telecom is the longest running of all our commercial partners. Having the chance to help shape the football industry in the Kingdom is a great honour and it is something where we believe we can make a big difference.

“I hope that this strategic alliance will benefit generations of Saudi footballers, supporters and young professionals looking to work in football well beyond Saudi Vision 2030.”

Turki Al-Shikh, chairman of the GSA, added: “This relationship is part of an exciting programme we are undertaking to transform sport in Saudi Arabia.”