Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has provided an update on Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans whose contracts expire at the end of the season.
Varane is currently the highest earner at United and the hierarchy have decided against triggering an extension clause to keep him for another campaign.
Meanwhile, Evans was only signed as a short-term option last summer after the Red Devils were unable to bring in a marquee centre-back due to the lack of funds.
Both players have had their stand-out moments during the season, but it is currently unclear whether either of them will be at the club beyond the summer.
When pressed on the futures of the duo, Ten Hag said: “We haven’t made that decision yet.”
Varane more likely to leave United this summer
Earlier last summer, Evans joined United in pre-season to work on his fitness after becoming a free-agent. It came as a surprise that the club decided to hand him a one-year contract.
The 36-year-old has been a valuable addition with some quality performances. The veteran delivered a fantastic long ball for Bruno Fernandes’ sensational volley in a 1-0 win over Burnley.
He has justified the club’s decision to welcome him back. If Evans is happy to accept limited playing time at United, he could commit to another one-year contract at the club.
Varane, on the other hand, could be heading for the exit door. The board have no desire to extend his £350,000-a-week deal for another season. They have been no renewal talks.
If there are fresh negotiations, Varane could be asked to accept a 50 per cent to prolong his stay. If he refuses to accept the proposal, he could leave on a free this summer.
Varane’s injury record has probably contributed to the club’s reluctance to keep him on his current salary terms. They could be planning to save the wage bill for a marquee signing.
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