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Manchester United defender admits he has started planning for life after football



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Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has admitted that he has started working to gain his coaching badges in a bid to stay in football after his playing career is over.

Utilised this season as both a centre-back and a fullback, Lindelof has battled several injuries to make eighteen Premier League appearances so far this campaign.

Frequently linked with a move away from the club, only Diogo Dalot and the also reportedly exit-bound Raphael Varane have more Premier League minutes in United’s backline than Lindelof this season.

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With a little over a year left on his contract, Lindelof recently told reporters that he would have “no problem” with staying at the club.

Regardless of whether his long-term future is as a member of the Red Devils squad or not, Lindelof is just a few months away from his thirtieth birthday.

Despite United showing this season that older talents may still have a role at the club through their constant use of Jonny Evans, Lindelof has admitted that he has started preparing for life after his playing career ends.

“I have started a [coaching] education with some friends in the team in England. It is a regular education. UEFA A, the first [course],”  Lindelof told reporters (as quoted by Fotboll Skanalen.)

“You never know what will happen in the future. I think it’s better to do it now than after the end of my career, so I’ve done it. If something comes up when you stop, you’ve done it.

“I’m not quite there, but I hope I have a few years left as a player.”

Sweden manager Jon Dahl Tomasson, also in attendance during the press conference, confirmed his support for Lindelof.

When asked if he believes Lindelof will make a good coach, Tomasson remarked the following:

 “Yes, of course… I think it’s smart and useful to plan and do things to educate yourself while playing.