Monday , January 20 2020

Manchester United ‘confident of keeping Tahith Chong’ despite Juventus interest

Manchester United ‘confident of keeping Tahith Chong’ despite Juventus eyeing up Dutch starlet on free move next summer

  • Manchester United have offered Tahith Chong a new £25,000-a-week deal
  • United are hopeful their offer will persuade him to reject interest from Juventus
  • Chong has made four first-team appearances this season but is yet to score

Manchester United remain confident of keeping hold of Dutch prospect Tahith Chong, despite interest from Juventus.

Chong is out of contract at the end of the season and is believed to interested in a potential move to Juve as he bids to get more first-team football.

The 19-year-old has made just four appearances this season, all of which have come in the Carabao Cup and Europa League.

Manchester United remain hopeful of keeping Tahith Chong despite interest from Juventus

Chong's deal at United expires at the end of the season, prompting fears he could leave

Chong’s deal at United expires at the end of the season, prompting fears he could leave

United have offered the 19-year-old a £25,000-a-week deal, plus bonuses, to stay at the club

United have offered the 19-year-old a £25,000-a-week deal, plus bonuses, to stay at the club

But despite his unhappiness at his lack of playing time, the Metro has reported that United believe they can convince the midfielder to stay at Old Trafford.

The former Feyenoord man, who moved to United in 2016, has been offered a £25,000-a-week salary, plus bonuses, to stay at the club. 

That offer represents a huge increase on Chong’s current basic salary and United are hopeful it will be enough to convince the teenager to stay. 

Tatith Chong profile

Age: 19

Birthplace:  Willemstad, Curacao 

Position: Winger 

Man United apps: 4

Goals: 0

Netherlands U21 apps: 3

Goals: 0 

The club will also point to Chong’s promotion from the reserve side to first-team squad member as a sign of his increasing importance to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Last week, the youngster was cagey when asked about his future at the club and refused to confirm whether or not he would remain at United.

‘It’s early right now,’ Chong told FOX Sports. ‘I’m still a player of Manchester United and the season is in full swing. My focus is on that.

‘The contract will come naturally. I am now focusing on this season.’

If he does opt to leave Old Trafford for Juve, he will follow in the footsteps of Paul Pogba, who left United in 2012 and joined the Bianconeri on a free transfer. 

Juve have become masters of signing players on free transfers in recent years, with Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and the returning Gianluigi Buffon all joining the club in the summer at the end of their contracts.