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Jose Mourinho to extend contracts of four senior Utd players

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to trigger the option of extending the contracts Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Ashley Young until 2019. United’s policy of offering only one-year deals to players over 30 is likely to play a factor in these contract talks.

The four players current deals at Old Trafford will run down after the end of this season, with an option to extend them further by a year. According to The Telegraph, the Red Devils are looking to secure the immediate future of these players by invoking a 12-month extension clause in their current deals.

CURRENT FORM OF THE PLAYERS

Mata and Blind have failed to feature regularly this season, with the two making a collective of 10 starts in the Premier League this season. Herrera was one of the standout players at Old Trafford last season and was touted as a potential captain for United in the future, but he has failed to start regularly this season and has only been more involved with the first team due to the injury to United talisman Paul Pogba.

Young has featured in the left-back position ahead of Luke Shaw who seems to be out-of-favour with Mourinho. However, the England International will be 33 next July and is not seen as a long-term player in that position at United.

HERRERA’S POTENTIAL MOVE TO ATLETICO MADRID

Talks over a new deal with Herrera have been taking place for the last 12 months. However, the midfielder is yet to agree an extension with the 20-time English champions. This has not stopped him from being linked with a return to Spain.

According to the Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid are close to reaching an agreement with Herrera on a free transfer next summer. The Spanish capital club wants the former Athletic Bilbao man not to agree an extension of his current deal by a year, which will allow them to sign him for nothing after the end of this season.

MOURINHO’S DECISION

Mourinho still wants to secure the immediate future of Mata, Herrera, Blind and Young by triggering their 12-month extension clause in order to stop them from leaving for nothing after the end of this campaign.

He will then have time until the next summer transfer window on taking a decision on the quartet’s future. Mata will turn 30 in April and has failed to get into the starting lineup in his preferred number 10 role despite Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s recent struggles.

AUTHOR’S TAKE 

Out of the four, Young has been the one who has been the most impressive this season. His passion and loyalty for football and United respectively were oozing out in his performances and especially against Spurs in which he was seen to be involved in a rift with wonder-kid Dele Alli. However, I believe that all the four players mentioned above are extremely skilful and they can be good squad players next season if Jose Mourinho decides to extend their contracts.

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