Man Utd key duo refusing to sign new deal amid transfer rumours

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Man Utd have faced a backlash from two vital players over their future at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have tried to tie down Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea and French forward Anthony Martial to new long-term contracts.

Both can depart for nothing in 18 months time and the English club want to ensure they don’t pack their bags and leave the club.

However, in a worrying update for the Red Devils supporters, it’s now emerged Frenchman and Spaniard have turned down talks over fresh terms

Football Communications and Operations Consultant Ian McGarry has revealed Man Utd Transfer plans.

When discussing Manchester United’s recruitment and contract renewal strategy, McGarry said: “You’ve got some players like Anthony Martial who Manchester United want to renew, or David de Gea who they are desperate to renew. Both players are refusing to speak to the club.

“That tells you something about where Manchester United are right now in terms of their status, their ambition and how the players view the club itself if players like Martial and De Gea are saying ‘it’s all very well you want to renew the contracts, but we’d like to weigh up our options.’

“On the other hand, you’ve got the likes of Chris Smalling who is out of contract. Phil Jones as well.

“Then you’ve got someone like Luke Shaw who does renew having played effectively 25 per cent of games over the four years of his initial contract at Manchester United, who gets a 50 per cent upgrade on his contract because he’s played five good games this season.

“Other players are looking at that and thinking ‘what about me? I’ve been here longer, I’ve done more, I’ve won trophies. Why am I not being offered an upgrade on my contract?’

“I think it has a very unsettling effect, and it’s something Mourinho has no control over.

“And indeed it might be the case that Manchester United need to cut through the wheat from chaff and get rid of players on high earning contracts.

“But you can’t realistically look to recruit eight/nine/ ten players of the quality Manchester United need in one transfer window.”