- Max Taylor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018
- After intense chemotherapy, he made a full recovery in 2019 and returned to training
- Taylor has now been handed a one-year contract extension
- Solskjaer named him in a Europa League squad against Astana in November
Manchester United defender Max Taylor has signed a one-year contract extension with the club, 12 months after beating cancer.
The 20-year old’s career looked like it was in its twilight years in 2019 when Taylor was subjected to rigorous chemotherapy to treat testicular cancer.
He was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and began a nine-week course of chemotherapy which proved successful as he eventually beat the disease.
Taylor returned to training in September 2019, even featuring for his team’s under 23 side in Premier League 2.
He spent some time on loan at Northern Premier League outfit Stalybridge Celtic and went on to make nine appearances for the side before the season was derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Taylor openly spoke about the emotions and overall ordeal with dealing with cancer at a young age where he narrated the emotional turmoil mostly felt by his mother.
"My mum broke down straight away. I was so taken aback I didn't cry. I got out of the clinic and thought: 'Oh my God',” he told BBC in an interview.
Because the cancer spread to his abdomen, doctors had to act extremely swiftly with treatment to ensure Taylor’s health did not deteriorate further.
“The chemo I was having was quite toxic. The first night was the worst. You're up, shaking and sweating, but you feel freezing cold,” Taylor said in a harrowing narration of his experience.
Thankfully, in February 2019, he received good news that the cancer was clearing but he still needed to undergo surgery since his lymph nodes were swollen.
Notably, United manager Solskjaer named Taylor in one of his Europa League outings against Astana back in November 2019, a clear indicator that there is faith in the young lad’s overall abilities.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chelsea star Willian seems to have confirmed that he is leaving the club at the end of the season.
This comes after the Brazilian revealed the Blues are not going about change their mind of giving him more than a 2-year contract as against the 3-year deal he wants.
Despite claiming his career at the Blues remain uncertain, Willian is prepared to sign a short-term extension so he can see out the remainder of the campaign as the Premier League season is due to run at least into July.
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