Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag 'relaxed' as Marcus Rashford contract talks drag on

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag speaks with player Marcus Rashford during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match between Real Betis and Manchester United at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on March 16, 2023 in Seville, Spain.
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Erik ten Hag insists he is "relaxed" about Marcus Rashford's future, despite the fact that talks over a contract extension for Manchester United's man of the moment have yet to bear fruit. 

Given Rashford's remarkable renaissance this term – the 25-year-old has scored a career-high 28 goals in all competitions and revived his England career – it's no wonder that United are determined to tie him down to a new deal.

Rashford's current contract expires at the end of next season, but his manager isn't worried about the uncertain situation.

Speaking in the build-up to United's Saturday lunchtime Premier League clash with Everton, Ten Hag said:

"No, it is not a concern for me. I don't want to give a comment on the process because I don't think it will support the process – but I'm quire relaxed."

Ten Hag's comments come after Rashford rubbished rumours that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford – having been linked with PSG and Barcelona in recent months.

Replying to a since-deleted tweet from Daily Star chief sports writer Jeremy Cross, Rashford said:

"Just before this one starts to do the rounds! It's complete nonsense. The club and [myself] have been respectful to one another, and that's how it will remain. My focus is purely on finishing as well as possible in the league and winning trophies."

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...