€25m-rated midfielder ready to sign new contract with Man United

Red Devils have told Nemanja Matic that they intend to trigger an extension clause in his soon-to-expire deal amid Man United’s current injury crisis in midfield.

After being frozen out at the start of the campaign and then hampered by injury, Serbia international has finally been brought back into the Red Devils team in recent weeks after Scott McTominay, and Paul Pogba’s fresh injury blows.

Nemanja has started each of the side’s last three Premier League games and looks set to be an integral footballer over the coming weeks and months.

However, Matic’s current contract expires in the summer, and he is currently free to sign a pre-contract agreement with teams outside of the Premier League, while it had been suggested that Red Devils could cash in this month rather than lose him for nothing.

But, the Norwegian manager’s problems in central midfield have seen Red Devils coach reassess his value to the squad, and there is no chance of him being allowed to leave in winter. Instead, Man United chiefs have spoken to the 31-year-old player’s representatives and explained that they will trigger the 12-month extension option in his deal.

His future at Old Trafford will stay uncertain, though, with the team still keen to offload a player who turns 32 in the summer when the next window rolls around, and they hope to get nearly £15m for him.

Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to offload the Serbian star once Red Devils injury crisis has eased, Matic is pleased with his contribution in recent weeks. On Man United’s midfield issues, he said: ‘You could probably handle and deal with three players rotating there.’