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Marcus Rashford in talks over new long-term contract at Manchester United

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is reportedly in talks with the club over a new long-term contract. The 21-year-old will be out of contract at the end of next season and already there have been reports linking the England international with a £100 million move to Real Madrid, which seems to be pure speculation. Rashford has been one of the many in-form players under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season with the club, on his appointment, 11 points from top four, now just two points adrift.

Rashford himself has scored six goals in the ten matches Solskjaer has managed with the club winning nine and drawing once. His form has led to him emerging as the main striker at the club with Romelu Lukaku on the bench more often than not after a season of poor form. It was only last week that French teammate Anthony Martial signed a new long-term contract at the club, allaying fears that he could leave in the near future.

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Rashford’s contract at the club will expire in just under 18 months with United having a clause in that contract to extend it for another year but it seems that now there is some urgency to secure the 21-year-old to a new contract which will, in effect, end any premature speculation of the player leaving for a continental club in the near future. Why would he want to leave United anyway? He’s a Mancunian at a Manchester club who has come through the Academy and earned his stripes.

Manchester City would love a player like Rashford, who has been promoted from the Academy, making it to 100 Premier League appearances who is a local player but I guess you cannot have everything that you would like. It has been reported that a new contract for Rashford could see his wages double to around £150,000 per week, including bonuses, which for his age is a great wage structure to be on which should also keep him level-headed and ready to achieve more with this club.

Some may suggest that Rashford may not be as important as a player such as David De Gea, who has proven his worth to the club over the past eight years. Although the club wants to keep the 28-year-old and have opened negotiations, no ground has yet been broken in the talks, which is worrying, especially in the fact that we do not know why the talks have not developed into a new contract. Hopefully, it is not the club penny-pinching, which is most likely.

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Rashford is obviously a player that the club wants to build a team around as he has the best part of a decade, if not more, in this game and the experience he has had so far, which stretches nearly three years, he has gained so much at an early age. Rashford has won the Emirates FA Cup, FA Community Shield, EFL Cup (now Carabao) and the UEFA Europa League, which is a good trophy haul for any player in the game right now. Obviously, the Premier League title would be a trophy he would like to add to his haul.

United have also, according to reports, offered Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera new contracts at the club. Herrera is a resurgent figure in the team under Solskjaer and personally, I would like him to remain at the club. Young is an experienced figure who has pushed Antonio Valencia out of the squad recently with Mata, who is also experienced and a proven player to have in the squad, although if would not be the end of the world if he decided to seek pastures new, in my opinion anyway.

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