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Matic in talks over new Man Utd contract after club activate one-year extension

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Nemanja Matic will stay at Manchester United for another season and could agree to a new contract beyond 2021.

Manchester United are in talks with Nemanja Matic over a new longer-term contract after activating a one-year extension to his deal.

Stats Perform understands the Red Devils have exercised the option to extend the midfielder’s existing contract, which was due to expire at the end of this season.

Discussions have also begun over a fresh deal that could keep Matic at Old Trafford beyond the end of 2020-21.

The news reflects Matic’s growing importance to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans just months after the 31-year-old admitted he was considering his future last year.

The Serbia international, signed from Chelsea in 2018 for a reported fee of £40million, made only three Premier League starts before the start of 2020.

Speaking to Stats Perform about his plans in December, he said: “To be honest, I don’t know yet what I’m going to do.

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“I spoke with the club, I said that until my last day at the club I will do my best and be professional.

“In football, you never know what’s going to happen. My family is happy here, I’m happy, so we will see what the next step is, if I will leave or stay, but whatever we decide I’m sure that we will decide for the best.”

However, injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay saw Matic establish himself as first-choice midfield partner for the in-form Fred, and he has only missed three matches in all competitions since the turn of the year.

His form has helped United enjoy a run of 11 games unbeaten across European and domestic matches and he was one of the standout performers in the 2-0 Premier League win over Manchester City on March 8.

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In January, Matic admitted there was plenty of interest from other clubs as he entered the final six months of his deal, but he made it clear his preference was to stay at United.

“I can’t tell who is asking for me but for sure, when you play at Manchester United, many clubs are looking to sign you,” he said to reporters. “That’s not only me, it’s for every player – especially when you’re out of contract.

“My first option is Manchester United, but if they decide something else then there are always solutions.”

 

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Castelletto Agrees To Join French Side Nantes FC

Cameroon International, Jean-Charles Castelletto has agreed to join FC Nantes. The Cameroon international penned a three-year contract that will keep him at Stade de la Beaujoire until 2023.

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Cameroon International, Jean-Charles Castelletto has agreed to join FC Nantes. The Cameroon international penned a three-year contract that will keep him at Stade de la Beaujoire until 2023.

In a statement release after signing Castelletto, FC Nantes said, “FC Nantes is very happy to announce the signing of Jean-Charles Castelletto (25 years old), who will arrive free of any commitment on July 1 from the Stade Brestois 29.”

On his part, Jean-Charles Castelletto said,

“I am very happy to be able to sign at FC Nantes. This is a very large French football club in which I hope to be able to achieve great things in the coming days. I am impatient to start and to discover my new teammates.”

The 25 year-old player contract ends on July 1 at FC Brest. The player is said to have given an impressive account of himself in his debut Ligue 1 season with his fine defensive displays. He played 22 matches in the just-concluded French Ligue I season, helping Brest finish 14th in the league table with a goal to his credit.

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Castelleto started his football career at Auxerre Academy in 2012 and he featured for the club in Ligue 2, before moving to Belgium to join Club Brugge in 2015.

After struggling for playing time in the first half of the 2015-16 Belgian First Division A season, he was loaned to Royal Excel Mouscron where he played 10 league matches.

His lack of playing time at Brugge, forced him to return to France to join second division club Red Star on a season-long loan. The Cameroonian defender joined Brest at the end of the temporary deal in 2017 and helped the team earned promotion to Ligue 1 in 2019.

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Reports: Real Madrid target Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Juventus take decision on Cristiano Ronaldo future

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane is reportedly being pursued by Real Madrid.

Could Liverpool part with Sadio Mane?

The star forward is a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s side, who won the Champions League last season.

However, Real Madrid are reportedly ready to test Liverpool’s resolve.

TOP STORY – MADRID SET SIGHTS ON MANE

LaLiga giants Real Madrid are targeting Liverpool star Sadio Mane, reports The Mirror.

Mane has established himself as an integral part of Liverpool’s squad after arriving from Southampton in 2016.

However, Madrid believe they could tempt Liverpool with a £140million (€154m) offer.

 

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– Tuttosport’s frontpage has the headline “Hands off Ronaldo”. Sunday’s newspaper features a story which says Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo want to continue together as the Serie A champions look to sign a “real number nine” amid links to Mauro Icardi. The Argentina international is on loan at Paris Saint-Germain from Inter.

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– PSG expect Neymar to leave at the end of the season, with ESPN claiming the Ligue 1 giants value the Barcelona target at €150m. Neymar left Barca for PSG in a world-record €222m deal in 2017.

– According to the Express, Chelsea are preparing a £85m (€93m) bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon BaileyLiverpoolArsenal and Manchester United have also been linked to the 22-year-old.

– Gazzetta dello Sport claims PSG are keen on Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who is contracted to the Italian giants until 2023. While Pjanic could leave Turin, Emerson Palmieri could arrive as Juve eye the Chelsea full-back.

 

– United have offered goalkeeper Dean Henderson a new contract worth £100,000 per week, reports The Sun. Henderson is on loan at Sheffield United.

– The Mirror says UnitedBorussia DortmundBayern Munich and Chelsea have all met Birmingham City’s asking price for teenage sensation Jude Bellingham.

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– Liverpool are ready to offload Xherdan ShaqiriDejan LovrenNathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana at the end of the season, according to the Liverpool Echo.

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El Clasico hero reveals he ‘had three days’ to choose Real Madrid over Barcelona

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Real Madrid’s El Clasico hero Vinicius Jr. revealed in a recent interview that he almost joined Barcelona in 2017, before making the decision to sign for their arch-rivals within three days.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Vinicius said, “It was right after I came back from the 2017 South American Under-17 Championship in Chile, that rumours started saying that Barcelona and Real Madrid were interested.”

“There were already a lot of rumours in the press also, but I never believed them.”

“Eventually it happened: both Real Madrid and Barcelona put offers on the table and I had only three days to make my decision.”

“I always wanted to play for the greatest club, so that’s why I chose Real,” he said.

“My parents visited both clubs and liked them more. It matched with what I already wanted, and I felt their project was better for me,” the Brazilian added further.

“They give a lot of minutes to the younger players, like me, and were going through an outstanding period of success in the Champions League back then.”

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“Fortunately, I played a lot of games in my first season,” the 19-year-old went on, before concluding:

“Now I have surpassed 50 matches for Real Madrid – few players achieve that at such a young age.”

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