Fabrizio Romano: Man Utd trigger four key player contract extensions but leave one crucial player waiting
Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Manchester United have triggered the contract extensions of four first-team players until June 2024.
The players in question are Marcus Rashford, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Fred. Each player had a contract which ran until the end of the season with the option of a further year.
Man Utd fans will no doubt see this as good news as Erik ten Hag looks to continue the rebuild at Old Trafford. Rashford especially has been at the centre of plenty of transfer speculation recently.
PSG have been one of the clubs interested in Rashford but Ten Hag clearly sees his future at Old Trafford. Rashford has been back to his best this season after struggling to find his form last year.
The 25-year-old has scored eight goals for United this season and he also looked sharp during the World Cup with England.
Dalot has been Ten Hag’s starting right-back this season and he has continued to improve under the Dutch manager. The Portuguese full-back has started in 13 of United’s 14 league matches this season.
Both Fred and Shaw have been in and out of the United starting 11 this season, but clearly Ten Hag sees value in the pair. Shaw had a solid World Cup campaign with England and has now made 228 appearances for Man Utd.
Romano took to his Twitter account to confirm the news and also claimed that: ‘Man Utd will also offer Diogo Dalot and Rashford a longer deal.’
De Gea left waiting
Despite Man Utd having the option of extending David De Gea’s contract, they have not taken up that option as of right now. The Spanish goalkeeper will become a free agent at the end of the season if United fail to strike a new deal with him.
Romano has confirmed that talks are currently ongoing between De Gea and the club over a new deal.
De Gea is one of United’s biggest earners and Ten Hag is currently weighing up the goalkeeping department and considering his potential replacements.
Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa is one name currently being considered as his replacement, but recent reports have revealed that he won’t come cheap.
Ten Hag was asked about De Gea’s contract situation back in November and he decided to keep his cards close to his chest.
“What we said about this issue with negotiating with the whole squad, we said, first, we will focus on this part of the season on the games,” Ten Hag told the official club website.
“When we are coming to an end of this part, of this block, we go into a World Cup obviously and, of course, we have to think about it.
“In the background, of course we have our strategies, how to deal with it. But it is quite clear now already and I have emphasised it several times.
“I am really happy with David, he is a great goalkeeper. He is only 31, he is fit, he can progress even more, he was already impressive for Man United and will be in the future as well.”
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