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Man Utd preparing bumper long-term contract for prospect as Ten Hag gives green light

Ben Stewart
Europa League - Round of 16 - Second Leg - Real Betis v Manchester United - Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville, Spain - March 16, 2023 Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their first goal with Bruno Fernandes, Tyrell Malacia and Facundo Pellistri

Erik ten Hag is already planning for the future and Manchester United are set to negotiate a new long-term deal with one of their youngsters this month.

Facundo Pellistri is the player in question and United are keen on tying him down to a new deal. His current contract runs until 2025 and Man Utd will want to protect his value.

After joining Man Utd in 2020–21, the winger spent the following two seasons on loan with Alaves in La Liga.

This gave the Uruguayan star a regular taste of first team football and he has since returned to Manchester as a more well-rounded player.

According to Fabrizio Romano, a new long-term contract for the 21-year-old will be discussed as Ten Hag has been pleased with his development.

“Manchester United have clear in mind the plan to offer Facundo Pellistri a new contract. Understand direct talks with his agents will take place this month,” Romano explained on Twitter.

“Ten Hag and the board are very happy with his development — new long term deal will be discussed very soon”

Pellistri has made a total of eight appearances for Man Utd this season and he was handed his debut by Ten Hag earlier in the campaign.

The majority of his appearances have come from the bench and in total, he has played 177 minutes of football across all competitions.

He has been especially useful in the second half of the season as Man Utd have lacked much depth in the attacking department.

This new deal will surely come as good news for Man Utd fans who have been impressed with his cameo appearances of late.

Pellistri has a big future

Man Utd have an excellent reputation when it comes to developing young talents and Pellistri could be their next star in the making.

Ten Hag told recently explained that he has been impressed with the winger in training and how he has fought for his spot.

“He is the example by deserving his position by performance on the training [ground],” Ten Hag told the club website.

“And I said the other day, I did not select him for Liverpool and it was not even totally justified because he was training that well.”

The winger has been especially useful given the absence of Alejandro Garnacho due to an ankle ligament injury.

Pellistri himself has been pleased with the first team opportunities he has been given recently and he is keen to develop with the club.

“It makes me very happy to have more participation in the team,” he told the club website.

“I recently played as a starter, [and] that helps you feel better, both in training and on a day-to-day basis.

“Hopefully, I can follow this path, continue contributing, and, at the end of the season, I can win all the possible titles with the club.”

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