Top Man Utd star to prioritise fresh contract talks over exit as January deadline looms large

Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire of Man Utd

Marcus Rashford will reportedly prioritise contract talks with Manchester United over a transfer elsewhere as the Red Devils aim to tie the striker down to a lucrative new contract.

United have the option to extend Rashford’s current deal, which is due to expire at the end of the season, by an additional year. However, they are keen to show their commitment to the 25-year-old by giving him improved terms.

Rashford can hold free to hold fee transfer talks with foreign clubs from January, and there will be no shortage of takers given his displays with England at the World Cup so far.

The forward has previously attracted the attention of PSG. But United are confident he will stay at his boyhood club and take his career to the next level.

The Daily Mirror claims that Rashford’s priority is to stay at Old Trafford, with talks planned after Qatar.

After a well-publicised challenging spell, during which time he struggled for a regular starting spot and was also left out by England, Rashford has bounced back in style this season.

The attacker is currently joint-top scorer at the World Cup with three goals after bagging a brace in the 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday.

Both Chelsea and Barcelona have been linked with moves for the player in the past. However, it would appear that a new contract is getting closer.

He currently earns around £200,000-a-week but is likely to demand a significant improvement on that.

Rashford showcasing talents in Qatar

Prior to the World Cup, Rashford hadn’t kicked a ball for England since missing a penalty in the European Championships final against Italy.

However, his superb displays in Qatar have ensured that United are not entertaining a sale.

“Moments like this, this is what I play football for. I’m really happy today. I’m happy we’re going forward to the next round,” Rashford said after scoring twice to down Wales in Doha.

Rashford has also made himself undroppable from Erik ten Hag’s starting XI this season.

Indeed, his impressive form has seen off club legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who has now left the club.

While Rashford is primed to stay, that will not stop United looking to add to their attacking ranks.

The name of PSV winger Cody Gakpo continues to crop up as a replacement for Ronaldo.

The Netherlands forward is also excelling in Qatar and is well-known to Ten Hag from his time in Holland.

United are back in action on December 21 when they host Burnley in the Carabao Cup.

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