Man Utd ‘decide on triggering extension’ of star after Ten Hag U-turn | Football | Sport

Manchester United have reportedly decided against triggering a clause in Raphael Varane’s contract that would extend his deal by a further year. Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has recently called the French defender back into the team but he could be into his last season at Old Trafford unless fresh terms can be agreed upon.

The Daily Mail claim that United decided against triggering an extension in Varane’s contract and from Monday he will be available to speak with foreign clubs regarding a summer free transfer.

When Varane was first signed from Real Madrid in 2021, United announced that he had penned a contract until 2025. However, it has since emerged that his deal was actually until 2024, with the option of a further year.

United can keep Varane for an extra year but would be forced to keep paying his £340,000-a-week salary at a time when they are looking to move on from some of the club’s top earners.

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United, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe now at the helm after he agreed a deal to purchase a 25 per cent stake in the club, are open to extending Varane’s contract even though they are unwilling to trigger an extension clause.

They are hoping to open discussions regarding a new deal next month, which could tie Varane to Ten Hag’s side beyond the current season but at a reduced wage.

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