Marcus Rashford reportedly has interest in signing a new contract with Manchester United before the January transfer window opens, which is the time when other clubs will be able to make offers to compete for his services.
Even though the Red Devils have the option to activate a one-year extension clause and push the decision further down the road, Erik ten Hag sees Rashford as an integral part of his long-term plans at Old Trafford and the forward's contract expires in June of next year. Rashford is currently 25 years old. It was revealed that Ten Hag wants to have Marcus Rashford's immediate future confirmed before January 1, and this came to light after the United academy graduate scored his 100th senior goal for the club on Sunday.
Before making any decisions regarding out-of-contract players like Cristiano Ronaldo, David De Gea, Diogo Dalot, and Fred, the manager of the Red Devils wanted to wait until the season is suspended for the World Cup later this month. But it would appear that Ten Hag has already made up his mind with regard to the circumstances surrounding Rashford, and he wants to move his strategy forward more quickly.
According to The Mail, Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of either offering their No. 10 a new deal or activating the extension on his current contract, which pays him £200,000 per week. This would be done in an effort to prevent any potential suitors from entering into negotiations. The Bosman ruling makes it possible for players whose current contracts will expire within the next six months to sign pre-contract agreements. This is a strategy that clubs could try to use in an effort to sign Rashford to a free transfer before his current deal expires.
Old Trafford executives may have a difficult time closing a deal because it is increasingly likely that the star will be playing for England at the World Cup, which begins in less than three weeks in Qatar. If they do not move quickly, they may miss out on the opportunity to sign the player. Rashford has been playing for his boyhood club, Manchester United, since he was seven years old, and fortunately, the report states that he is eager to continue doing so.
Yet it was only three months ago when rumors began to circulate that the Mancunian icon's entourage had held a covert meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in the capital of France, fueling speculation regarding a possible departure. This meeting is said to have taken place. Now, however, Rashford appears to be firmly part of Ten Hag's plans. He admitted to struggling mentally during the previous season, as he endured an injury-hit campaign under the former management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the management of Ralf Rangnick, who is the manager of inter. Now, however, Rashford appears to be firmly part of Ten Hag's plans.
After the game, Ten Hag heaped praise on Rashford's performances this season, pointing out that Rashford has already improved his goal tally from the entirety of last year's campaign. The manager of United stated that "He already is [an elite player]" in reference to the player. "If you score 100 goals for Manchester United before you turn 25, you will win the award. However, it is about the trophies that can be won with your club, and I believe that he has even more potential to grow.
"Two headers [in consecutive games]: we've put a lot of work into that, we knew we had to get better, and you can see the results of that work. He is much more consistent and resilient than before; although he is already a great player, there is still room for him to grow. Who knows how it will wrap up [his career], but I have no doubt that it will be a successful one."
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