Harry Maguire set for new Man Utd contract to propel him among top earners

Manchester United are preparing for new contract talks with captain Harry Maguire.

The 28-year-old has established himself as a key man at the club since arriving from Leicester in 2019 for a world record fee for a defender of £80million.

He penned a six-year deal then but the club are ready to reward his status within the Old Trafford dressing room by improving the terms he is on.

Maguire is one of several players with whom the club are looking to renegotiate, including midfielders Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

The England defender is set to be offered a contract that brings him into line with new signings Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

Maguire is set to become one of the top earners at Man Utd

Maguire’s presence was felt late last term, having gone without missing a Premier League match since signing for the club when he sustained a season-ending injury.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co were rocked by his absence, suffering a significant dip in form before losing the Europa League final to Villarreal on penalties.

He is also currently sidelined after picking up an injury in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, with the Red Devils failing to keep a clean sheet in either game.

Gareth Southgate was then forced to omit him from his Three Lions squad for the ongoing international break.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS following the 1-1 draw with Everton, Solskjaer was asked whether the centre-back could face his former club, Leicester City, upon the resumption of domestic football.

“Let’s see,” the United boss responded. “It’s still two weeks until the next game, so we’re hoping so but we don’t know.”

Maguire himself has acknowledged that he and his team-mates now need to bring trophies to Old Trafford, having gone without silverware since two years prior to his arrival.

And the Sheffield-born skipper believes the dressing room has the right mentality to be successful – even before the re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I think having leaders in your team is a really important part of the game,” he told his club’s website in August.

“I think it goes under the radar a little bit in terms of how important it is not just to have one leader, you need numerous leaders and lots of voices in the dressing room and on the pitch as well.

“It’s not all about just voices, it’s about how you handle yourself around the place, putting people first and being a real team player and we have numerous players like that.”

He added: “I feel like as a club we’re heading in the right direction in terms of having lots of leaders and a better mentality in the squad to push on to enable us to win trophies which is what it’s all about.”

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