Manchester United make decisions on five players’ contracts

December 12, 2022

David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Fred and Marcus Rashford are approaching the final six months of their Manchester United contracts.

Erik ten Hag has indicated Manchester United will extend the contracts of the five players approaching the last six months of their deals.

David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Fred and Marcus Rashford are technically out of contract on June 30 but United have the option of an additional year with each player.

Ten Hag clarified United intend to tie down certain players on new long-term arrangements, with first-teamers Dalot, Shaw and Rashford all in their 20s. Barcelona are interested in Dalot and Paris Saint-Germain met Rashford’s brother and agent, Dwaine Maynard, in August.

De Gea, 32, has impressed this season but Ten Hag has been coy on his plans for the Spaniard while Fred turns 30 in March.

“We are talking with them to extend their contracts but we are in control because on all the players we have options and we will exercise these options,” Ten Hag clarified. When asked specifically about De Gea, he reiterated: “Like I say, we have options and we will do them.

You can see it this way (that United are vulnerable due to the short duration on each deal) but if the decision is not that good we have other options.”

Last week, PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi confirmed the club’s interest in signing Rashford on a free in the summer even though there is no chance of United releasing the England forward with a one-year option on his contract.

When asked how convinced he was United could keep Rashford, Ten Hag replied: “I can’t answer that question. He has to make a decision and only what we can do is to show him that this is the best club to be in and that is what we can do.

And it has to do with the culture of the club, but also in the way we are working, working together, it has to do with the way we play, the way we train, are we offering the right environment to progress further on? And it’s also a financial issue as well.

“So if we do that, if we can [talk] about the ambitions and how we want to fulfil the ambitions etc. such talks we will have with him. And then it is up to him to make the decision. It’s one-and-a-half year, he will be here.”