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Man United take interesting approach as Kobbie Mainoo’s new contract details confirmed



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Manchester United have taken an interesting approach as the details behind Kobbie Mainoo’s upcoming new and improved contract have been confirmed.

Mainoo, 19, has quickly become one of the most important players at United this season despite making his full Premier League debut in November last year.

Since then, the midfielder has started 20 out of the 22 available Premier League fixtures, making himself one of Erik ten Hag’s key men during a difficult spell.

The talented teenager signed his second professional contract in February last year, shortly after making his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup against Charlton Athletic.

However, it’s no surprise that the club are looking to tie down Mainoo once again on improved terms after his sensational debut campaign.

The 19-year-old has been described as one of few players who are considered “untouchable” for the club in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Kobbie Mainoo’s new contract details

Mainoo is expected to receive a pay increase that reflects his quickly growing status within the squad, and reports have stated that the deal could be up until 2030.

Journalist Graeme Bailey has told United In Focus about the details behind the contract, including the wages and the expected time for it to be confirmed.

“That’ll be confirmed over the summer, they’ll try and do it before the Euros. It’s not far off, the talks are virtually there it’s just crossing T’s and dotting I’s,” he said.

“Especially with someone like him where the contract will have built-in raises based on appearances and caps.

“But he’ll certainly be signing, and I expect before he goes to Germany with England, they’ll want it tied up by then.”

An interesting approach

One of the most interesting aspects behind United’s approach with Mainoo’s contract is the supposed importance behind the built-in bonuses on things such as appearances and caps.

Mainoo had similar boosts in his current contract, all of which he has since activated.

However, United ensuring that they do not simply provide Mainoo with an outrageous contract is important, and the youngster will have to continue his progression over the following years to secure those bonuses.

This has been the first season in a while where the club have not confirmed any mid-season contract extensions, barring Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s one-year clause being activated.

It seems clear that INEOS have identified contracts as one of the issues in recent years. Chief Financial Officer Cliff Baty will depart the club at the end of the season and he was a key contributor to some of the mind-numbing contract extensions we’ve seen in recent years.

Former INEOS CFO Roger Bell will take over the role at Old Trafford. He worked at Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s company for around 40 years before retiring last year.