Rashford rejects Tottenham approach as Man Utd plan to open contract talks this summer

Will Ford
Man Utd forward Marcus Rashford claps the supporters

Marcus Rashford has reportedly rejected an approach from Tottenham Hotspur in favour of staying at Manchester United this summer.

Antonio Conte was reportedly interested in bringing Rashford to Spurs as he targeted a forward who can play across the line, with the 24-year-old being English an added bonus as they look to meet the quota of home-grown players.

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But The Times claim their approach has been rebuffed by United, who told Spurs ‘Rashford would like to stay at United and try to impress Erik ten Hag’.

Ten Hag is overseeing a rebuild at Old Trafford this summer with a number of players, including Paul Pogba, having left the club already.

And there have been rumours that the club would not stand in the way of Rashford leaving, but this latest report states that ‘United have planned to open contract talks with him this summer’ with the forward’s current deal expiring at the end of the coming season.

The report also states that Ten Hag is waiting until pre-season resumes to talk to his players, but has been in talks with football director John Murtough on potential comings and goings this summer.

While the Dutch boss accepts additions are required it’s also claimed he ‘sees potential in a number of the underperforming squad’.

Rashford’s poor form this season has seen him overlooked by Gareth Southgate, who has not selected him for England since the forward’s missed penalty in last summer’s European Championship defeat to Italy.

When asked whether he and United teammate Jadon Sancho have a chance of getting their places back ahead of the World Cup this winter, Southgate said: “Well, they do because I think there’s enough of a block of games at the beginning of next season that people can still play their way in.

“Of course, it’s more difficult – you know, the closer we get, the more difficult it is.

“But they’ve got to start playing well with their club. Neither of them have really played at the end of the season.

“England is a consequence of what you’re doing at your club and you’ve got to get your club bit right.

“At the moment there’s obviously room for those two compared to others in those positions that we’ve picked that their level hasn’t been at the level of the others.”