Official: Manchester United seal long-term contract for 27-year-old defender

Rojo De Gea

Argentina international Marcos Rojo has reportedly put pen-to-paper on a fresh contract extension which sees him to committed to Manchester United until the summer of 2021 at the least. The agreement also includes an extension clause, which may prolong the defender’s stay by a further 12 months.

Rojo, 27, was undoubtedly one of Jose Mourinho’s leading performer at the back last term until he suffered a serious knee injury during the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht.

He managed to return to the starting lineup during the month of November, but further injury setbacks have restricted him to just 10 appearances for the Red Devils across all competitions.

Reports previously suggested that Mourinho had been leaning towards a new deal for Rojo, and the club have now dually obliged by prolong the Argentine’s stay for a minimum of three years.

Despite his regular setbacks, Rojo has been pleasantly secure whenever he has featured at the heart of the defence, and his long-term contract suggests that it could be one of Phil Jones or Chris Smalling, who could probably make way during the summer.

The Red Devils are already fast-tracking their pursuit of a new central defender, and Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti are some of the high-profile names on the club’s shortlist for the summer.

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