NEMANJA MATIC has signed a new Manchester United contract.
The Serbian midfielder has put pen to paper on a deal until 2023 after a recent resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 31-year-old’s Old Trafford days looked numbered, with his contract up in the summer and no sign of United triggering their option for a further 12 months.
But since returning from a two-month groin injury in December, he has been a first team regular, playing a key role in their best run of the season.
Matic joined United in 2017 and has made 114 appearances for the club. The Serbian international has represented his country on 48 occasions.
Matic told United’s official website: “I am very happy that I will continue to be part of this great club.
“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.
And 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.
“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.
“He remains hugely ambitious and determined which will be vital as we look to achieve our aims over the coming years.”
His extension caps a fine turnaround, especially after he admitted in January no talks had taken place over a deal.
Matic said at the time: “I’ve got a contract until the end of the season. We will see.
“I’m at Carrington every day open to talk if they think I can help.
“If not, life will go on. For sure, there is always a solution.
“Of course [I want to stay]. It’s a pleasure to represent this club for me.
“I came here to win and if they want me to stay then of course I’ll give my best to win trophies.”
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