Dutch starlet Chong confirms United contract talks
Tahith Chong has revealed discussions have started about signing a new deal at Manchester United.
Netherlands Under-21 international Chong is highly regarded at Old Trafford and is seen as a player for the future by United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been putting his faith in youth since taking charge.
The Norwegian boss spent £50million to sign 21-year-old right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace this summer while Welsh winger Daniel James, 21, was also brought in for around £15million from Swansea City.
Although catching the eye of senior management, 19-year-old Chong has only made two Premier League appearances, both of those coming last season, and there were claims he was considering leaving in the previous transfer window.
PSV and Feyenoord were said to be interested in signing the Dutchman and although reports claimed the Red Devils could entertain a loan deal, the winger ended up staying at the Theatre of Dreams.
Chong has now confirmed contract discussions have begun, telling Voetbal Primeur: “Of course we are talking, but it’s still too early to say anything about it. The season is still long and we will see what happens.”
Meanwhile, Argentina international Marcos Rojo has opened up about his future at United, revealing he will look to leave in the January transfer window if his playing time doesn’t increase.
The 29-year-old defender has been in Manchester since 2014, when he joined from Sporting, but he finds himself down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Harry Maguire.
English star Maguire, the world’s most-expensive defender, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly are all preferred choices for Solskjaer, who allowed Chris Smalling to join Roma on loan this summer.
Rojo, who saw a move to Everton in the last window collapse at the last minute, is yet to feature in the Premier League this season and has only been included in one matchday squad.
It is clearly a frustrating time for the Argentine and he has confirmed to the media while on international duty an exit will be pushed for at the turn of the year if things don’t improve.
He said: “I have to fight until December and if it doesn’t work out, I will try to leave.”
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