Marcus Rashford, who has drawn attention from both London teams Arsenal and Chelsea, has received a crucial update on his long-term prospects. The Englishman’s one-year contract extension that was set to expire in the summer has now been exercised by United, keeping him at his old club into the year 2024.
After Paris Saint-Germain expressed interest in acquiring Rashford, United manager Erik ten Hag said last week that the team will be triggering the provision in the forward’s contract.
The 25-year-old has somewhat of a career rebirth this season after a difficult past few years, and both Chelsea and Arsenal have expressed interest in him despite their knowledge that his near future is uncertain.
Although United’s decision to activate the one-year contract may have scared off clubs looking to sign a free agent in the summer, such action is just a temporary fix. If Rashford keeps up his impressive play and United are unable to sign him to a new contract that lasts through the summer of 2024, there may be more serious interest on the horizon.
Rashford isn’t the only player on the roster whose contract will expire in 2024, so the United management will likely have a lot of work to do over the upcoming 12 months.
Fabrizio Romano disclosed that Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, and Fred all earned one-year contracts, with United hoping to sign the latter to a long-term contract.
Ten Hag said, “He needs to decide.” “What we can do is demonstrate to him why this is the finest club to be a member of; this is due to both the club’s culture and the way our team functions.
“He has to make a decision,” ten Hag said. “What we can do is to show him that this is the best club to be in, and it has to do with the culture of the club, but also in the way we are working together.
“It has to do with the way we play, the way we train, are we offering the right environment to progress further on and it’s also a financial issue as well. So, if we do that, if we can tell him about the ambitions and how we want to fulfil the ambitions, these talks we will have with him. Then it is up to him to make the decision.”