Manchester United have commanded a stellar midfield this season, especially after the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. The holding midfielder has proven instrumental in freeing Paul Pogba to perform impressive attacking functions, and has led to the all-around development of the club’s quality on the pitch.
However, his arrival has also resulted in the sidelining of Ander Herrera, who is currently in the final year of his contract with the Red Devils.
Now, as per Daily Mail, United will seek to activate the one-year extension clause in the contract of the 28-year-old. This is understood to have been done in order to secure the club’s investment just in case the negotiations with the player’s agent don’t succeed.
However, it is unlikely that they will emerge empty-handed from the table, as reports suggest that a new deal has been in the making from November itself, and has been in the works due to the ‘relaxed’ state of affairs.
Herrera was amongst the first signings whose contract consisted of an extension clause. The Mancunian club made it a point to do so as a part of a clever ploy in an era where players prefer to last their entire term, and then leave outfits as free agents to negotiate with a new club of their own liking.
The Spaniard, despite being named the Matt Busby Player of the Year last season, has not seen the same share of playing time so far. In fact, the only reason he has been deployed in recent matches is due to the club’s long list of injuries, featuring Pogba, Fellaini, and Carrick.
It will be interesting to see what comes of the deal, and whether Herrera will continue to be as happy with the club as he currently is by the end of this season.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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