Odsonne Edouard signs professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain have announced that teenage attacker Odsonne Edouard has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Edouard, who turned 18 in January, has yet to make his debut for the first team but he scored three goals to help PSG reach the final of this season's UEFA Youth League, a game they lost 2-1 against Chelsea.

Last summer he was named player of the tournament after scoring eight goals, including a hat trick in the final against Germany, as France won the European Under-17 Championship.

Edouard, who has been at PSG since 2011, has put pen to paper on a deal that ties him to the French champions until 2019.

"I'm very happy with this show of faith from the club where I learnt my trade," Edouard told the club's official website.

"It's a great honour to become a professional at this very ambitious club. I've had a great year with my team and now I've capped it off with my first professional contract.

"It means a lot for me, a Parisian, to sign with Paris Saint-Germain. It's a dream come true, but still it's just the beginning."

Edouard has scored twice in 10 appearances this season for PSG's reserve side, who play in the French fourth division.

Having infamously lost future France international Kingsley Coman to Juventus in 2014, PSG will be relieved that one of their most promising youngsters has now committed his future to the club.

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi said they were "very proud" that Edouard had signed a new contract and that it proved that the youth academy was important to the club.

"He is on his way to becoming a great striker and I'm sure his talent will delight our fans and will represent the club's values perfectly," Al-Khelaifi said.