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Man Utd to extend three players' contracts as Erik ten Hag makes U-turn on £50m 'mistake'

Man Utd to extend three players' contracts as Erik ten Hag makes U-turn on £50m 'mistake'

Man Utd are set to extend three contracts.

Manchester United are set to offer contract extensions to three of their players, according to a report.

Eight United players are out of contract next summer, though the club has the option of an additional year with six of them.

According to the Manchester Evening News (MEN), United are set to trigger the one-year extensions in the contracts of Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Hannibal Mejbri's deal is also reportedly expected to be extended as United buy time over a possible renewal of the youngster’s contract on fresh terms.

The publication claimed Wan-Bissaka's representatives held discussions about an improved contract before the injury the full-back sustained in September.

Indeed, the 25-year-old’s extension would be representative of his change of fortunes at Old Trafford in the past year. Upon Erik ten Hag’s arrival, Wan-Bissaka was firmly behind Diogo Dalot in the pecking order and at one point, looked set to be sold in the January 2023 window.

However, the defender, who was signed from Crystal Palace in 2019 for £50million, came in from the cold last December and impressed before quickly establishing himself as United’s first-choice right-back.

Meanwhile, Hannibal's has impressed this term after a topsy-turvy time at United.

The Tunisia international was once involved in a training ground bust-up with former United left-back Alex Telles back in May 2022, as per The Sun.

It was reported that then-interim manager Ralf Rangnick had to intervene in order to stop the ‘full on scrap’.

As per MEN, the only foreseeable alteration in the planned renewals could come if Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group assume control of United’s football operations by the end of the year.

Petrochemicals billionaire Ratcliffe is set to secure a 25 per cent stake in United for £1.3billion.

It would represent the most significant change in the club's ownership structure since the Glazers took control in 2005.

United could also extend certain contracts to protect a player's resale value ahead of their prospective sales next summer.

Reserve left-backs Brandon Williams and Alvaro Fernandez, on loan at Championship side Ipswich Town and La Liga side Granada respectively, could both have their deals extended next year if they have clear resale value.

Yet, there remains doubt over whether United will exercise the option on Anthony Martial's contract given the Frenchman’s fringe status in the squad.

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Featured Image Credit: Erik ten Hag

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Hannibal Mejbri, Victor Lindelof