Manchester United have snubbed approaches from Premier League and overseas clubs for rising star Axel Tuanzebe ahead of the summer, Football Insider understands.
The 20-times Premier League winners have fielded interest from clubs eager to assess the chances of the centre-back, 21, being available for a permanent or loan deal in the forthcoming window.
A United source has told Football Insider that United have rejected all the enquiries and will continue to do so during the summer window for a player Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer believes can be their breakthrough youngster next season.
Manager Solskjaer has publicly claimed Tuanzebe is “a boy I can’t wait to see in pre-season for us” as he looks to welcome him back to Old Trafford after 18 months on loan at Aston Villa.
The newly-promoted club are eager to either extend Tuanzebe’s loan or sign him permanently but have been told he is remaining at United.
The England youth international, who has been capped at Under-21, Under-20 and Under-19 level, has just completed a hugely encouraging loan season at Villa.
He made 29 starts among 30 appearances, forming an outstanding centre-back partnership with fellow loanee Tyrone Mings after missing three months of the season with a broken foot.
United struggled in defence in a frustrating 2018-19 campaign and Solskjaer believes Tuanzebe can have a prominent role as he looks to add to his eight senior appearances for the club.
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