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Solskjaer Confirms New Man United Deal For Ageing Player

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Nemanja Matic

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that midfielder Nemanja Matic has agreed to extend his contract with the club until the end of next season.

Solskjaer told reporters about the new deal handed to the Serbian international.

Manchester United signed Matic from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the summer of 2017 for £40m. The Serbian was given a three-year deal until the summer of 2020 with the option of an additional year to take his Manchester United deal to the summer of 2021.

The Red Devils have decided to take up that clause thereby seeing the player stay at the club until the end of next season.

Before the contract agreement, Nemanja Matic had few months left on his previous Manchester United deal and he was in a position to start speaking with foreign clubs over a free transfer move in the summer.

Matic had interest from clubs like Inter Milan in Italy and Atletico Madrid in Spain during the January winter transfer market. He stayed on for the season mainly because the Red Devils were no longer willing to sell him because of the injury crisis in their midfield during that period.

Injuries to the likes of fellow Manchester United midfielders Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay meant that Matic had to stay rather than leave the club.

Scott McTominay has returned to play for the Red Devils, while Paul Pogba is closing in on a return having started full training some days ago.

Nemanja Matic struggled for minutes at the start of the season but that changed with the injuries to McTominay and Pogba. The Serbian international has started eight of the last nine games in the Premier League.

The only exception was the Wolves game at home which ended in a goalless draw. Matic was suspended for that game.

 

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What Ferguson has to say about these two United youngsters

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Former Man United manager Alex Ferguson is reported to be delighted with the happenings at the Old Trafford in recent times, under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

A source told the Mirror that Ferguson, who won 13 EPL titles as Man United boss is still in contact with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is pleased to learn that all is moving fine.

According to the source, Ferguson is impressed to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manage the club even in difficult time which has helped to bring in stability.

Particularly, Ferguson is happy with two youngsters, Mc Tominay and Mason Greenwood for their progress and the impact they have made on the team.

The restart of the season has been a revelation of talents at the Old Trafford with a number of young players doing the club proud with impressive performances.

Mason Greenwood has been mentioned the most for his impact in the team since his discovery of the fine form.

The development at the Old Trafford has given the Red Devils the hope of having a Champions League football as their chances are becoming brighter by each game.

They are yet to lose any game since the restart. If that continues, it will mean a lot to their bid for Champions League next season.

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Arsenal star wants out, gives sincere reason

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Disappointed by the result at Arsenal, Spanish left full-back Hector Bellerin has reportedly made his decision to leave the club known.

Arsenal have struggled for success for a number of seasons, starting from the Arsene Wenger era and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

While it has been confirmed that Champions League football is a NO for the Gunners next season, the Europa League is still unlikely making the situation seeming bad.

Sky Germany claims the Spanish defender is no longer convinced about having success at the Emirates Stadium and has officially made his intention to quit this summer transfer window known.

Hector Bellerin has struggled with appearances this season having had just 14 in all. He has been on the sidelines due to injury battles.

French Ligue 1 outfit PSG are therefore believed to be interested in the Arsenal man with a deal likely to happen in this summer transfer window.

It is also reported that the player is in contact with German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich but they are not convinced of his quality and have shown no interest in landing him.

However, Arsenal will be left with no choice than to let go of Hector Bellerin if he insists on leaving this season.

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Why Klopp may now be faced with difficult times at Anfield

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German manager Jurgen Klopp has just led Liverpool to their first English Premier League title in 30 years but the celebration might be cut short by issues of the summer transfer window.

Klopp has got everything working for him before now and there could be a little switch to the other side as his wish for the summer transfer window is far from being granted.

Following the title win, the Liverpool owners claim that there is no need to do any summer transfer deal, explaining that the team have got the quality that can compete with any team, even in the coming season.

This claim is now being stressed by the Reds Sporting Director, Michael Edwards who insist on no signing this summer, stressing that he wants to keep his team together.

The stand of the Reds hierarchy is against the wish of manager Jurgen Klopp who will be left disappointed if he does not make any deal happen this window.

It is feared that this could be the beginning of his difficult times at the club and managing it will prove difficult except results on the pitch continues to be positive.

The Reds are reported to be keen on the signature of Italian Serie A outfit Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly but it is unlikely a deal will happen again.

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Liverpool target says he is bothered by link

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Hardly will you find any Liverpool transfer news without talks of the club’s interest in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is claimed that Kalidou Koulibaly has an asking price of £90 million, but the fee would be beaten down on the negotiation table with Liverpool willing to pay £70 million.

Manager Jurgen Klopp seeks a partner for former Southampton defender, Virgil Van Dijk with commentators claiming that Kalidou Koulibaly will be perfect.

However, the latest report claims that the player is not willing to part ways with the Italian Serie A club any time soon.

He made it clear that he is 100% with Napoli and has not had any discussion of exit with the club hierarchy at any point.

Affirming that he has heard of the speculations linking him away from Naples, he claimed to be bothered because he is focused on helping his team.

According to Kalidou Koulibaly, he is happy at Napoli and will only leave if the club president refuses to renew his current contract.

Meanwhile, Kalidou Koulibaly still has over three years left in his contract with the Italian club, making a move away very unlikely.

The Reds team will be forced to stick with the squad available.

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Chelsea might be close to another big summer announcement

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Ugurcan Cakir

English Premier League outfit, Chelsea might be close to making an announcement of a new transfer ahead of the summer transfer window with reports that they had agreed on another deal.

Haber356 reports that the Blues have had their bid for Ugurcan Cakir accepted by Super Lig 1 club Trabzonspor ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is claimed that a bid of £22.5 million has been submitted and accepted by the Turkish outfit which makes a deal close to being sealed.

Ugurcan Cakir has been superb for his club, having had 39 appearances this term across all competitions. Chelsea has been monitoring the 24-year-old and is convinced already.

The West London outfit are keen on a replacement for Spanish shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga who has been struggling to impress between the sticks.

It is believed that Ugurcan Cakir will bring in the needed competition and could take over as first-choice if he deserves it.

Chelsea have shown big ambition this season, having already concluded deals for highly rated forwards, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech with reports that more deals will occur as soon as the summer transfer window is open.

The ambition for the Blues is to qualify for the Champions League and win titles next season.

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How Chelsea’s defeat will help their summer transfer activities

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Frank Lampard

West London club Chelsea suffered a bitter 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and they are yet to get over it.

The defeat has seen their chances of making it to the Champions League reduced as they could be forced to the fifth position especially if Leicester City defeats Bournemouth on Sunday and Man United best Southampton on Monday.

Away from the poor form, loss of points and threat to Champions League qualification, former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness stated that the defeat will help manager Frank Lampard to know his summer transfer stance.

According to him, the defeat has been able to expose the players and the team in general which will help Frank Lampard to know what he needs and who to sell at the club.

He stressed that with the defeat, the former Blues player would have known the players he can not trust and that should inform his transfer decisions.

However, Frank Lampard blasted his team for not being sharp in the game, stressing that Sheffield United was stronger both physically and mentally and that gave them the victory.

Meanwhile, the race for the Champions League spot will not be decided until the last games of the season. Both Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City are in the contest.

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Man united fans disagree with Solskjaer on this one thing

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Jadon Sancho

Everything looks alright at Man United because of the fine form of the team and the smiles that have been put on the faces of the fans, but there could still be one thing to disagree about.

The summer window transfer market is something every club and their fans anticipate as the target is to recruit more additions to help strengthen the team.

For Man United, the focus has been Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on the player.

The Norwegian manager has not spoken much on the need for defenders, as a matter of fact, he dismissed talks of that topic when he stated that he has got a number of them at the club, and this is where the problem lies.

Man United fans seem uncomfortable with the stance of the former Red Devils player. They could start throwing stones.

Commentators opine that there is a high need of defenders to help balance the team and give depth because of the shaky performance of the legs available at the Old Trafford.

This could cause fracas between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the fans in the coming season especially if he insists, and the defensive department does not get better in any way.

The Red Devils have been linked to Nathan Ake but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to dismiss the speculations.

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Who Chelsea fans should hold responsible for defeat

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Frank Lampard

Chelsea suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and that has got everyone talking.

The chance of getting into the top four positions is now slim because they could be reduced to the fifth position if Leicester City and Manchester United beat Bournemouth and Aston Villa respectively.

In his analysis, former Arsenal player Ian Wright noted that Blues’ defender Andreas Christensen was bullied by Sheffield United attackers and could not hold on.

More so, he claims that manager Frank Lampard should be held responsible for the defeat because he was naive, especially for trying to play in a shape like Man United.

According to the Gunners legend, Chelsea players were unable to have their stance on the pitch as their midfielders and defenders were overpowered.

While admitting that Frank Lampard will be disappointed, Wright stated that they lacked intensity and pace to keep down the pressure from their opponents.

It is now obvious that fans will have to wait until the end of the season to know who joins Liverpool and Man City for the Champions League ticket.

The contest is between Man United, Chelsea and Leicester City with the Red Devils looking real for the challenge.

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