No deal is in place for Jeffrey Schlupp to join Manchester United claims Leicester City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare.
Schlupp made his Manchester United debut this week with the U21s in United’s dramatic 1-0 win against Liverpool and impressed with his power and pace creating plenty of opportunities for himself.
However, despite Schlupp having had his trial extended twice at United, Shakespeare insists that the clubs have not agreed a deal for Schlupp to move.
Speaking to This is Leicestershire, Shakespeare said:
“We have not heard anything to that effect. It is an on-going situation, as reported before. There is no change in that.
“Jeff was at the game on Tuesday (City’s 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers) and came in to see the lads.
“We are in constant dialogue with Jeff and Manchester United. Again it is a situation we are at ease with.
“He is due to play another game for them and then we will take it from there.
“It is open-ended but they are not going to keep him for six months and not make a decision. But at the same time, if we feel we need to use him here we will. It is all very relaxed.”
While no deal is in place yet, Shakespeare has not ruled out the possibility of a move. Given that Schlupp had not played for Leicester since November after being pushed to left-back, his opportunities have become very limited.
The Leicester City academy product certainly has the natural power and pace that any winger at United needs. With King, Henriquez, Bebe and Macheda all leaving United’s U21s either on loan or permanently in January, there is space for another attacking player in the squad.
More development is expected after Schlupp makes his next appearance for the U21s.