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Manchester United trigger Nemanja Matic contract clause

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Manchester United have triggered a clause in Nemanja Matic’s contract that will see the midfielder stay at Old Trafford until the summer of 2021.

The 31-year-old’s contract was due to expire at the end of this season, with his future at the club uncertain, but United chiefs have made the decision to extend his stay in Manchester.

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for the Serbia international, who was out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until a midfield injury crisis.

With both Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba out for decent stretches of the season, former Chelsea ace Matic stepped in admirably and has been a regular starter in 2020.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak – which could see the season extended into the summer months – United have made the decision to keep him on the books for at least another year, triggering a one-year extension clause in his contract, according to The Guardian.

United, for the time being, will not train at their Carrington training ground complex, following prime minister Boris Johnson’s advice to avoid all non-essential physical contact and travel.

A club spokesperson said: ‘We continue to review the situation day by day, but in light of [the] evolving situation and latest governmental guidance the team will now be training individually away from the ATC [Aon training complex].’

Solskjaer and co. are, provisionally, set to return to Premier League action in April but a more extensive delay to the season is expected in the coming weeks.

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