Where Man Utd stand on new Kobbie Mainoo contract

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Kobbie Mainoo is one of the hottest young players in world football and Man Utd are keen on a new deal

Manchester United are confident of agreeing a new long-term deal with midfield star Kobbie Mainoo after he received his first call up to the England senior side this week.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season at Old Trafford and has been rewarded with a place in Gareth Southgate's squad for the forthcoming international friendlies against Brazil and Belgium. Mainoo's international recognition is the latest show of faith in the talented teenager, who has already featured 20 times for the United first-team this season.

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Erik ten Hag is a huge admirer of the United academy graduate, while new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe also views him as an integral part of the squad in the years to come. Mainoo has already seen his wage increase significantly this season having activated a number of performance based add-ons that were included in the latest deal he signed in February 2023. United feel relaxed surrounding his future at the club, but they are keen to reward his meteoric rise with a new deal that recognises his talents as one of the best teenagers in world football.

It is understood Mainoo's new deal could see him signed up to United for the remainder of the decade and that the agreement could even be reached before the end of the current campaign. Mainoo remains focused on his football amid all the hype surrounding him and his future with United rather relaxed about securing his signature on a new deal.

The 18-year-old's prominence could grow even more if he plays in the European Championship this summer, with Mainoo a wildcard selection for Southgate's 23-man squad. Those hopes could be impacted by the injury situation, as squad numbers have been lowered from 26 to 23 since the previous competition.

Mainoo has been contemplating whether to represent England or Ghana at international level, but he has been encourage to choose the Three Lions due to the increased exposure and major tournament exposure he is likely to receive. The Stockport-born starlet is proud of his family background and travels to Ghana on a regular basis, but he would find it difficult to turn down a long-term spot in an England squad brimming with talent.

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