Exit-linked Man Utd man explains key factor an Old Trafford stay rests on

Date published: Thursday 2nd January 2020 11:49 - Jonny Whitfield

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has explained that his future at Old Trafford hinges on whether his long-term plans match those of the club.

The 31-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, although United do have the option to extend the deal by a further year.

Matic, who made only his ninth appearance of the campaign in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, has been heavily linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks.

Inter Milan and AC Milan have both been credited with serious interest, while Turkish side Galatasaray are also said to be keen on the midfielder.

Speaking to Serbian newspaper Telegraf, Matic explained that he is unsure as to his short-term future at United.

“I do not know what to say, I have another six months left on my contract, we will see what will happen in January,” he said.

“Maybe I will renew, or I will find something different.

“United have an option to extend my current contract, but we will see if the club’s plans match mine.

“I cannot say anything else because I do not really know anything else.”

Despite having made only nine appearances this season, Matic is set to remain a key part of United’s midfield after Paul Pogba was ruled out for around four weeks with an ankle problem.

 

The Frenchman had returned in December after being out with a similar problem since the end of September, before missing the 2-0 win over Burnley.

Pogba was again absent for the 2-0 defeat to the Gunners, with Solskjaer confirming another injury blow for the player.

Another report has claimed that Solskjaer is ready to sell Pogba in the transfer window, but must overcome several hurdles – including his asking price – before a deal can be finalised.

 

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