Jose Mourinho has been left concerned by the Manchester United’s board inability to wrap up contract negotiations with a number of key players,
Mourinho reportedly feels that such events could create an ill feeling within the squad given the huge new deals of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku as well as existing mega-contracts of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.
The Daily Mail reveal that Rojo and Martial, two players liked by Mourinho but who are both out of contract at the end of the 2018/19 season, are yet to receive offers from Woodward or Judge that will allow serious negotiations to get underway.
United do have the option of triggering a one-year contract extension clause in Martial’s deal, reducing the rush, but Mourinho is keen to avoid any ill feeling. The pair both earn around £70,000 and, in an unsurprising consequence of Sanchez’s enormous £350,000 contract, have both requested a pay rise.
Martial is particular is reported by the Mail to feel undervalued by the lack of movement on a new deal. He has been left worried that Sanchez’s arrival will reduce his playing time and has delayed buying a new house in Manchester.
With interest from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, and potentially Real Madrid, too, United have to ensure Martial is tied down to a new long-term deal soon.
Rojo, meanwhile, suffered a serious knee ligament injury at the end of last season and is still yet to cement a regular place in the first-choice back line, but is liked by Mourinho and has had interest from Paris Saint-Germain.