Manchester United confident of agreeing new contracts with Phil Jones and Ashley Young
By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester United are hopeful of agreeing new contracts with Phil Jones and Ashley Young but the future of David de Gea remains up in the air, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League club are poised to discuss extensions with Jones and Young in the summer after receiving early indications they want to stay at Old Trafford.
Manager Louis van Gaal is keen for the pair, whose deals have just over a year remaining, to follow Chris Smalling and sign long-term contracts.
But United do not share the same confidence that De Gea will commit to a new agreement this summer. The goalkeeper, who has been one of the Premier League’s outstanding performers this season, has put talks on hold amid strong interest from Real Madrid.
As reported by Football Insider, the Spanish giants are considering De Gea as the long-term successor to Iker Casillas at the Bernabeu and are ready to make a move for him this summer.
United are hopeful that Jones, 23, and Young, 29, will remain at Old Trafford after both players have established themselves in Van Gaal’s side in the second half of the season.
As revealed by Football Insider, Jones has attracted interest from Arsenal but he will be offered an improved deal by United. The versatile England international is developing an increasingly authoritative centre-back partnership with Smalling, 25, who signed a new contract earlier this week that runs until 2019.
Young, who has thrived on the left side of the United midfield after being used as a wing-back earlier in the campaign, is expected to be offered a shorter deal as he turns 30 in July.