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Man United delay decision on Varane contract amid INEOS takeover

Manchester United have put plans for Raphael Varane’s future on hold as the club undergoes major changes at the ownership and management levels, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 30-year-old centre-back is out of contract in June but remains a key figure despite United opting not to activate his one-year extension clause.

This decision is due to the impending arrival of the INEOS Group, which is set to complete a deal to secure a 25% stake in the club. 

INEOS will bring major structural and personnel adjustments, including the potential appointment of a new sporting director.

United want to assess the new landscape before committing to long-term contracts.

Another factor that makes the situation more delicate is the uncertainty surrounding manager Erik ten Hag’s future. 

The Dutchman has United on a four-game winning streak, but the new co-owners could sever ties with him after an underwhelming 2023/24 campaign.

Despite being in contract limbo, Varane showed commitment to the United cause, rejecting January transfer offers from the Saudi Pro League.

The World Cup-winning defender wants to fulfil his original four-year contract.

Ten Hag has acknowledged the question marks surrounding Varane and fellow centre-back Jonny Evans.

Other looming contract decisions include goalkeeper Tom Heaton, full-back Brandon Williams and Sunday’s match-winner Scott McTominay.

Heaton and Williams will likely leave this summer, but McTominay’s impressive performances off the bench will ensure he remains at Old Trafford.

McTominay has scored eight goals this season, and United will exercise their extension option, securing him until 2026.

The ongoing ownership changes and managerial uncertainty surrounding United means they will delay some contract decisions.

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