Erik ten Hag confirms Manchester United will exercise options to extend the contract of Marcus Rashford and Diogo Dalot
The English and Portuguese stars are just two of the players whose current contracts will expire in the summer of 2023. However, the Red Devils have the option to extend their contract by a further season.
Speaking to the media via transfer guru Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Ten Hag has revealed the club are in talks with the players. However, the Dutch manager admits the Old Trafford side have the upper hand.
“We are talking to them to extend contracts, but we have control because we have an option on all the players and we will exercise those options.”
Rashford has been in fine form at United in the current campaign. The 25-year-old had a disappointing time last season. Fortunately, he has bounced back under Ten Hag.
The gaffer has opted to play the England international in a more central role for most of the campaign. And the forward is our top goalscorer this season, with eight goals in all competitions.
Dalot has been another influential figure for the team since the arrival of Ten Hag in the Old Trafford side’s dugout. The 23-year-old has featured in most of the fixtures in the current campaign.
The Portuguese has been one of the most improved players at the club since last season. The only match the right-back did not start in the current campaign was the one against Fulham in the Premier League.
Rashford has become even more important for United to keep hold of now that Cristiano Ronaldo has departed. The gaffer’s options up front have dwindled. Similarly, Dalot is the only right-back the Dutch manager seemingly trusts, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka out of favour.
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Thus, it is essential that the club keep a hold of the pivotal members of the squad for the time being. Hopefully, further down the line, the Red Devils can tie them down to a long-term contract.