Fletcher comments suggest United could trigger Tahith Chong contract extension

Manchester United’s technical director Darren Fletcher has indicated the club will trigger the option to extend Tahith Chong’s contract.

The 22-year-old’s existing contract is due to expire in June, but the Reds have the option to extend Chong’s current deal by a further year if they wish.

When giving a football update at the recent United’s Fans’ Forum at Old Trafford, Fletcher gave the strongest indication yet that the Dutchman will be a Manchester United player next season.

The former United midfielder was speaking about how encouraged he was by the progress of several academy players, who are currently getting vital first team experience at senior level on loan at other clubs.

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Fletcher said: “We currently have 13 young players and Academy products on loan and playing regularly in other divisions or leagues.

“Hopefully, we’ll see players like Brandon Williams, Teden Mengi, Jimmy Garner, Ethan Laird, Tahith Chong and Amad reap the benefits of that.

“All of them are doing really well on loan and we’re excited to bring them back in pre-season to see how they fare with our first-team players.”

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Chong marked his return to first team action for loan side Birmingham on Saturday after coming off the bench.

The winger hadn’t played at first team level since the end of October after picking up a freak injury in training which required surgery.

With the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani all set to leave the club on free transfers in the summer and several first team players futures remaining uncertain, United’s returning loanees will have the chance to impress the new manager in pre-season.

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