Manchester United starlet Will Keane is ready to snub Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur and sign a new long-term deal to stay at Old Trafford.
According to a Goal.com report, Keane refused to sign a new contract during the season because there was interest in him from the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham, as well as Serie A giants AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Keane will now snub them in order to remain with the Red Devils and the report claims this is down to some hard work on the part of Old Trafford officials to convince him his future lies with them. It claims the 21-year-old is thought of as a promising option and there was a fear he would following the footsteps of Paul Pogba.
Pogba also refused to sign a new deal and allowed his to expire in 2012 before opting to move to Juventus in Serie A. He has subsequently become one of the best young midfielders in Europe and is now reportedly a £60million target for the likes of Chelsea, PSG and even Manchester United.
Many perceived this as one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest mistakes during his time as Manchester United manager, especially after Pogba claimed the reasons he wanted to leave was nothing to do with money.
Not another Pogba
While it is understandable that they do not want to lose another asset for nothing, Manchester United are hardly losing another Pogba in the shape of Keane. He may well be a decent player, but if he is yet to break into the first team at his age then it seems unlikely he will do so any time soon.
Loan stints with Wigan Atheltic and Queens Park Rangers showed a little bit of promise, but he was hardly a sensation and neither move was for very long. While it is always dangerous to make statements about the future success of players early in their careers, a team like Manchester United doesn’t look as though they would be playing a player like Keane.
Good, but not quite there
He may well develop into a very dangerous attacker, but he will need to play regularly to do so and there isn’t much prospect of that under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. With Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney nailed on to be first choice in attacking positions, the likes of Danny Welbeck, Juan Mata and Javier Hernandez are still in front of him in the queue.
Poor playing prospects are there even before the expected shopping spree this summer to help Van Gaal’s side to get back into contention for the Premier League title and, most importantly, the Champions League places.
Hopefully, he proves his doubters wrong.