Born-again Nemanja Matic is rewarded with new Manchester United deal until 2023 after rediscovering his best form alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes after the lockdown
Nemanja MaticÂ has signed a new contract at Manchester United until 2023.
Matic, 31, was due to be a free agent this summer but United triggered the 12-month extension in his current deal in March allowing negotiations to continue.
‘I’m very happy that I will continue to be part of this great club,’ said the Serbia midfielder. ‘As a player, I still have a lot more to give and achieve in my career and to do that with Manchester United will be a huge honour.
Nemanja Matic put pen to paper on a new deal at Manchester United running through to 2023
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) posed alongside Matic after the Serbian signed to secure his future
‘This is a really exciting team to be part of, we have a good balance of youth and experience within the squad and there is great camaraderie amongst the group.Â
‘This is a key part of the season and we are playing well. We will continue to fight to finish the season on a high and make our amazing supporters proud.’
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: ‘I am delighted that Nemanja has signed a new contract, I know his experience, professionalism and leadership will be invaluable to this young talented group.Â
Matic has been instrumental for United since the restart and has spurned interest elsewhere
‘We have great strength in midfield and Nemanja’s attributes are a key part of that.
‘Nemanja has been here for three seasons now and really understands the values of playing for Manchester United.Â
‘He remains hugely ambitious and determined which will be vital as we look to achieve our aims over the coming years.’
Matic has also attracted interest from Italy and Major League Soccer in the US, but always made it clear that his first choice was to stay at Old Trafford.
The former Chelsea player has made 114 appearances since joining his old manager Jose Mourinho at United in a Â£40million deal in the summer of 2017, scoring a total of four goals.
Matic is first choice to anchor midfield behind Paul Pogba (left) and Bruno Fernandes (right)
Matic looked to have fallen out of favour this season with Solskjaer preferring Scott McTominay and Fred for the defensive midfield berths.
But the arrival of Bruno Fernandes and return to fitness of Paul Pogba has altered the dynamic in the team.Â
Matic is currently first choice to anchor the midfield and has produced some of his best form of late.