Manchester United board cool contract talks with star after Erik ten Hag u-turn | Football


Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s deal runs until 2024 (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Manchester United have cooled contract talks with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and are instead preparing to trigger a 12-month extension clause in his deal.

The defender had been deemed surplus to requirements by Erik ten Hag when he first joined the club.

Ten Hag settled on Diogo Dalot as his first choice right-back and it wasn’t until December 2022 that Wan-Bissaka, who had struggled with injury, made his first appearance under the Dutchman.

United had lined up a deal for Netherlands ace Jeremie Frimpong from Bayer Leverkusen but Wan-Bissaka’s form in the second half of the season convinced Ten Hag to keep the defender.

The former Crystal Palace ace showed improvement on the ball, while there’s no denying his defensive capabilities.

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Wan-Bissaka is currently sidelined (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ten Hag therefore signed off a new deal for the defender, with Wan-Bissaka’s existing deal set to expire in 2024.

But, after opening talks, negotiations between the two parties have stopped.

United are instead preparing to trigger a 12-month extension clause in the defender’s deal that will keep him at the club until 2025.

It’s a strange move given Wan-Bissaka’s willingness to sign a new deal, and could point to uncertainty over Ten Hag’s future at the club.

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