Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is set to stay at the club despite interest from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid
According to Fabrizio Romano via his Twitter, Manchester United have decided to not entertain any talks for defender Victor Lindelof with the player gathering interest from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.
Erik ten Hag sees Lindelof as a key part of his defence set-up and has no intention of losing out the defender in a situation where the team is already thin ahead of a gruelling season ahead.
The Swede has actually performed well when called upon by Ten Hag and is actually suited to the way the manager wants to implement his style of play.
Manchester United have decided not to accept any loan or permanent deal bid for Victor Lindelof. He’s staying, ten Hag counts on him. 🚨⛔️ #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 29, 2023
Inter approached United for Lindelof in the last few days — Atlético Madrid has also asked for him weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/7Jy4HamKCn
Signed from SL Benfica during the time of Jose Mourinho as manager of the football club, Lindelof failed to impress many in his first season for the club. However, he did grow into his role and played a crucial part in the 2019/20 season where we finished second in the league.
Now, since Ten Hag has taken over, Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are the preferred centre-back pairing but as seen with the recent win over Nottingham Forest and Reading, Lindelof has done exceptionally well when called on to deputise for the pair.
More than that, the player has not created any buzz about being dropped and has always made himself available for the team. It is probably a big factor why Ten Hag is keen to retain him amidst interest.
Inter are set to lose Milan Skriniar on a free transfer and wants a top centre-back to replace the Slovenian. The summer transfer window could be a different scenario though as Ten Hag could look to get another centre-back in and that could probably have an impact on Lindelof’s career.
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But for now ahead of the gruelling fixtures that are coming for us, Lindelof has a key part to play and there is no chance of the player leaving in the January transfer window.