Manchester United are reportedly
willing to give Nemanja Matic an improved two-year deal if he keeps up
his performance standards.
The Red Devils triggered their one-year extension option earlier this
week, as predicted, to ensure the veteran midfielder would not be able
to quit Old Trafford for free this summer.
Matic was heading for the exit door until midfielder Scott McTominay
got injured over the Christmas period, giving boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
little option but to bring the 31-year-old back in from the cold.
The former Chelsea enforcer had only started two Premier League games
before the festive period, with Italian giants Inter Milan speaking to
his representatives about a possible switch to the San Siro.
Matic, however, has been pivotal in United remaining unbeaten in
their last 10 games, claiming big wins against Manchester City, Chelsea
and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It's understood Solskjaer has spoken personally to the player and
promised a new deal will be on the table early in the new year,
including a hike in salary, should he keep producing the goods on the
Matic earns around £160 000-per-week and club insiders have revealed
he is 'more than open' to the idea of his remaining peak years being in
Manchester, such is his current contentment working under Solskjaer.
He revealed last month how the Norwegian is now winning hearts and minds at the Theatre of Dreams.
Matic said: "He is a much better manager (Solskjaer) than he was a
year ago in my opinion, because now he knows our players, he knows
exactly what he needs to do before the game and after the game. I think
for his job, the experience is very important."
- TEAMtalk media