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Manchester United looking to tie trio down with new contracts

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Manchester United are looking to tie three more players down to long-term deals after it was announced that defender Chris Smalling had put pen to paper today.

Smalling will remain at Old Trafford until 2019 after agreeing his new contract, and now boss Louis van Gaal is keen to secure the future of another three top stars. 

As it stands David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones all have contracts that are up in the next two years. According to the Telegraph, Manchester United will focus their efforts in making sure all three commit their futures to the club in the coming months.

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The biggest question mark hangs over De Gea who has been heavily linked with a transfer to Real Madrid in recent months, and could be tempted by a return to Spain in the summer. The 24-year-old has been perhaps Manchester United's best performer this season but is yet to signal his intentions.

So far the Spanish international has resisted the Red Devils' desire to tie him down, and recent reports suggest he has his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu. 

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Both Young and Jones have performed well under Van Gaal in the Dutchman's first season in charge so far and will be key to his plans going forward, and the Telegraph describe getting them and De Gea to agree new contracts as his 'priority'.

Money

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is also likely to spend big once more in the summer in order to build upon the progress at Old Trafford this term. Manchester United currently sit in third place in the Premier League having splashed in excess of £150 million in the summer window last year, and the the Telegraph say they same will happen again. 

The likes of Paul Pogba, Mats Hummels, Edinson Cavani and Jackson Martinez have all been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months, and Van Gaal confirmed last week that there would be new arrivals shortly.

Opinion

It's not an exaggeration to say that Manchester United wouldn't be in the top four if they didn't have De Gea on board. Things are going well now but before when they were struggling he put his hand up and made himself the main man. He deserves a lot of respect for that. 

That does mean that the Red Devils will pretty much have to throw as much cash as they can at him - and he'll be worth it. The real worry is that De Gea isn't convinced with what Van Gaal is doing and is actively seeking a move to Madrid. They have an able deputy in Victor Valdes but the future belongs to his countryman. 

Is De Gea worthy of a £300,000-per-week contract like Wayne Rooney?

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