Lindelof extends United deal until 2024
Victor Lindelof says he is desperate to repay the faith Manchester United have shown in him after signing a new contract to stay at the club until 2024.
The Sweden international has found his feet at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having endured a difficult relationship with predecessor Jose Mourinho.
The 25-year-old joined from Benfica in the summer of 2017 for a fee of 35million euros but was in and out of the side under the Portuguese tactician before his departure in December 2018.
Lindelof started in 18 of United’s 22 Premier League games following Solskjaer’s appointment and has maintained that status this season, starting all five league games this term.
The Swede has started laying the foundations of a centre-half partnership with £80million summer signing Harry Maguire, with the duo keeping two clean sheets so far this season, and is clearly viewed as having a bright future by the United hierarchy.
Barcelona were understood to be keen on Lindelof this summer but the club made it clear they had no intention of letting him leave, while he dismissed talk he was looking to leave, insisting he is enjoying life in Manchester.
Lindelof has now followed in the footsteps of goalkeeper David de Gea by agreeing a new long-term contract, penning a five-year extension with the option of a further 12 months.
— Victor Lindelöf (@vlindelof) September 18, 2019
The defender is delighted to have put pen to paper on a new deal and is expecting the club to now go from strength-to-strength after some growing pains under Solskjaer.
“I love playing football and my aim now is to help the team to win trophies and repay the fans for their unrivalled support,” he told the United website. “I know that everyone at the club shares this vision and will give everything to get Manchester United back to where it belongs.
”I’m still young and know I can improve further but with the help of the boss and his coaching staff, I believe that only good things are ahead for this great club.”
With Lindelof having penned a new deal and Maguire costing the club a world record fee for a defender, the duo look set to be United’s centre-half pairing in the years to come.
That is bad news for Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo, who are left scraping it out for game time in other competitions.
Jones could feature for the first time this season against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday, while Baily will have plenty of work to do to climb the United pecking order when he returns from the knee injury he suffered during the summer.