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Solskjaer Confirms New Man United Deal For Ageing Player

Amuda Segun



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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