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Manchester United star to snub Real Madrid following relaxed contract talks



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Manchester United’s new star Kobbie Mainoo is set to snub reported interest from Real Madrid as Erik ten Hag’s club continue contract talks.

Kobbie Mainoo‘s rise at Manchester United has been wonderful for fans to witness during a season that has brought a lot of misery and unhappy faces around the Old Trafford club.

During Erik ten Hag‘s second season, United have seen themselves knocked out of the Champions League and Carabao Cup while sitting seventh in the Premier League, with the FA Cup their only chance at glory this campaign.

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However, Mainoo, along with fellow academy graduates Alejandro Garnacho and Willy Kambwala, has been a shining light this season. The youngsters are some of the club’s highest-performing players this campaign.

Mainoo’s importance to the team is clear, and Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on his contract situation.

Mainoo contract update

Speaking on his Here We Go podcast, Romano said: “It’s crucial for INEOS to have Kobbie Mainoo as one of the faces of the new project. He is younger, he is a Manchester United product.

“He is really happy at Manchester United because he has the chance to play every single game. We see so many negatives with Erik ten Hag, but he clearly trusted Kobbie Mainoo in a difficult situation.”

He added: “What we can say is that conversations [over a new deal] have been going on since February. I can confirm that United want to extend his contract. It’s not an urgent situation as the contract is still long, and United are not in a rush, but they want to make it happen.

“They want to offer him a new deal and have already held preliminary discussions with his agents. The conversation is quite positive.”

Denying Real Madrid

In the last month, Mainoo has been linked to Real Madrid. Just like with Garnacho, Mainoo has reportedly caught the eye of Florentino Perez.

However, when asked about the Real Madrid speculation, Romano insisted that Mainoo’s only thoughts are on staying at United right now.

“Mainoo wants to stay and United want to give him an important salary to make sure the player is super happy at the club.”