Contract update: Manchester United defender pens fresh long-term deal

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has ended the ongoing speculation over his future by inking a fresh long-term contract with the club. The Argentine’s previous contract was due to expire in the summer of 2019 but the club have now taken the step to prolong his stay until 2021 with the option of a further 12 months.

Rojo has been in-and-out of the starting lineup under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage but much of this has come about from a serious knee injury in April 2017 which has hampered his progress. Despite this, he has managed to earn some gametime over the course of the campaign and he will hopefully be aiming to regain Mourinho’s confidence during the final months of the season.

Aside from Rojo, United’s hierarchy are also understood to be keen on securing the long-term future of goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spain international has constantly been linked with a Real Madrid move since his failed transfer in the summer of 2015 but the United board remain optimistic that he would commit to a new contract with the promise of a bumper wage rise.

De Gea has been voted as United’s Player of the Year on more occasions than any of his teammates since 2011 and this has been associated to his superior reflexes between the sticks. The Spaniard has put in a number of world class performances this term but his most standout one came at Arsenal in December where he made a Premier League record-tying 14 saves in a 3-1 triumph for United.