‘Pleased’ Ten Hag responds to rumours that Shaw has signed a new long-term deal at Man Utd

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England left-back Luke Shaw is close to signing a new long-term deal with Manchester United, the PA news agency understands.

The 27-year-old has been with the club since 2014, when the move from Southampton saw him become the most expensive teenager in history.

Shaw’s current deal had been due to expire in the summer, only for United to trigger a one-year extension clause to keep him until the end of the 2023-24 season.

Contract talks are believed to have progressed well and the England international is now very close to signing the new deal.

Shaw, who has made 248 appearances for United, is reportedly set to sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford.

When asked in his pre-match press conference if Shaw had signed a new deal, Erik ten Hag replied: “If he signed, I don’t know, I haven’t heard, John didn’t inform me until now. I have to wait for that. If true, I am pleased. We definitely want to keep him because he’s a really important player for our team.”

Man Utd play Newcastle this weekend, previewing the game in his press conference Ten Hag said:  “Concern, we know they delay, yeah. It’s something that is what the refereeing doesn’t want, they want to have tempo in the game, that is the aim of the PL, so they have to be consistent to let the game go, so do and act what the policy is.

“It’s about us, like we did in the two previous games, it’s about us, as every game, we want to dictate, to control the game but we play against a good opponent, we’re aware of that.

“They’ve had a great season with their manager, way of play. It’s a team that is really hard to beat,. We are looking forward to the challenge and the evidence is we can beat them.”

On whether Man Utd are missing other goalscorers besides Marcus Rashford, Ten Hag continued: “I think we have players like Bruno, like Jadon Sancho, like Anthony Martial, like Scott McTominay, like Antony dos Santos, we have enough players with the capabilities to score goals, definitely.

“What I said previously, I work in the back on next season but we’re working now on this season, so first of all make sure everyone is available and keep improving the way of play and that’s the best chance of scoring more goals.”

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