Manchester United are preparing to offer Chris Smalling a new long-term contract worth £70,000-a-week, reports Goal.
The England defender has been linked with a move to Arsenal throughout the majority of the summer. Arsene Wenger was keen to take him to the Emirates Stadium in exchange for Thomas Vermaelen.
No swap deal
In a tremendous show of faith to Smalling, Louis van Gaal rejected Arsenal's proposal, deciding to keep the 24-year-old at the club and losing out on Vermaelen as a result.
Now Van Gaal is set to reiterate his faith in the centre-back by offering him a long-term contract worth £70,000-a-week. Smalling has two years to run on his current deal but Van Gaal wants his future at Old Trafford secured.
Having joined from Fulham in a £12 million deal in 2010, Smalling has not progressed as well as former-United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would have hoped. Injury problems have limited him to just 76 appearances in the Premier League in three-and-a-half seasons but he is set to take a pivotal role in the squad this term.
Smalling will have pride of place in the 3-5-2 formation set to be installed at Manchester United alongside Phil Jones and new signing Marcos Rojo. Jonny Evans will also be competing for a spot in the starting line up.
Smalling's contract offer will follow a similar deal for Jones. Smalling's teammate for both club and country has also been offered a long-term deal.
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