Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he does not know whether or not midfielder Angel Gomes will extend his contract at Old Trafford.
The 19-year-old attacking-midfielder, who has been closely linked with a move to Chelsea in recent months, is out-of-contract at Old Trafford on June 30 and is yet to commit his future to the Red Devils.
In normal circumstances, United would still have a week to thrash out a deal with the highly-rated youngster, but the coronavirus pandemic has meant that there has been a major shift in contract dealings and negotiations.
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As part of the Project Restart plans, Premier League clubs voted to be able to temporarily extend the contracts of players who are out-of-contract on June 30 until the end of the season, ensuring that they have enough bodies to get to the end of July and complete the 2019/20 campaign.
That is a plan that United have looked to exercise with Gomes, though they have plans to tie him down to a long-term deal at Old Trafford.
But with the deadline to extend players’ contracts until the end of the season being today – June 23 – United face an anxious wait to see if Gomes commits his future to the club, with Chelsea sniffing around and looking to pounce if he leaves Old Trafford.
Ahead of United’s Premier League tussle with Sheffield United tomorrow evening, Solskjeaer has spoken to the media and has addressed Gomes’ future, insisting that he has no idea as to whether or not he will temporarily extend his stay at Old Trafford.
“For me, I’ve not spoken to anyone last night or this morning, so the paperwork and the admin, the meetings that are going on, I can’t update on that,” Solskjaer said.
Back in December, it was reported by our sister title – The Manchester Evening News – that United had offered Gomes a new deal…