Man Utd 'close' to new contract talks with £200k-a-week star at Old Trafford

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford may be offered ‘new contract terms’ in the near future, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start to the season under manager Erik ten Hag and could be rewarded for his efforts with fresh terms over the coming weeks.

What is the latest news involving Rashford?

A recent report from The Sun claimed that the United hierarchy are planning to discuss a new deal with Rashford after his upturn in form at the start of the current campaign.

The England international has entered the final year of his existing £200,000-per-week contract, but the club have the option to extend his stay by a further 12 months.

And the Manchester Evening News state that the Red Devils’ chiefs are also set to trigger identical clauses in the contracts of David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Fred, preventing the quintet from departing on free transfers.

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Ten Hag was unequivocal when asked if he wants to keep Rashford at Old Trafford long-term, revealing that he is ‘happy’ at his boyhood club.

“Definitely. United control the situation,” said the Dutchman. “I see a happy Marcus Rashford, I see some phases in his game we could improve, and we worked really hard the last two and a half months with him on different aspects and he really likes it.”

What has Jones said about Rashford?

Rashford has been selected to lead the line in United’s last four Premier League games, all of which have ended in victory, although he has now picked up a muscle injury.

And Jones believes he will be desperate to back out on the pitch ‘as soon as possible’ with contract negotiations likely to be around the corner.

He told GiveMeSport: “I think we’re close to the time when the club are willing to sit down with him to negotiate new contract terms. So, Rashford will definitely want to be fit and available for selection as soon as possible.”

Does Rashford deserve a new contract?

Rashford endured an extremely difficult 2020/21 campaign, starting just 13 Premier League games after being reduced to a fringe role within the first-team squad.

The versatile attacker registered just five goals and two assists across 32 appearances in all competitions and fell behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga in the pecking order.

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However, Rashford has been back to his best in the opening weeks of this season, finding the back of the net on three occasions while also setting up two further strikes for his teammates in just six outings.

Whether his is deserving of a bumper new deal just yet is up for debate, but United will surely be encouraged by Rashford’s progress in such a small period of time.

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