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Man United defender relaxed over new deal talks

Chris Smalling is happy to wait until the summer to begin negotiations over a new contract at Manchester United.

Smalling's current deal expires at the end of next season and he is keen to stay at Old Trafford.

The England defender is enjoying life under Louis van Gaal, who has selected him in United's last five games.

Chris Smalling will be staying in Manchester. Credit: PA

And he does not see himself joining another club any time soon.

"Yes, I do," Smalling said when asked if he wanted to stay at United long term.

"I am enjoying it. I always have, and if I can contribute then I am happy to stay for as long as they want me."

Reports: Man United launch £33m Hummels bid

Man United are preparing for a double assault on next season's Premier League and Champions League trophies with a £33m bid for Mats Hummels.

Hummels is a wanted man. Credit: PA

That's the rumour from German publication Bild, who claim the Red Devils have identified Dortmund's World Cup winner as their number one defensive target this summer.

United are in pole position to qualify for next season's Champions League after opening up a five point gap to Liverpool on Sunday, and manager Louis van Gaal is expected to receive a £100m+ kitty to spend on players.


Herrera: Man Utd striker Rooney insults us in Spanish

Man United striker Wayne Rooney has started insulting the club's Spanish players in their own language, according to Ander Herrera.

Herrers has shed light on his relationship with Wayne Rooney. Credit: PA

In a lengthy interview with El Pais, the former Athletic star joked about focusing on football with Rooney because he doesn't want the boxing enthusiast to get his own back with his fists.

Herrera has started to establish himself in Louis van Gaal's side and also took time to praise fellow Red Devils midfielder Micahel Carrick for the England player's subtle leadership qualities.

Rooney is good fun because he's very open and often insults us in Spanish, but I prefer to talk football with him because he enjoys boxing a lot and I'm not sure if he would try it on me.

Carrick is very serious but he proves another Bielsa saying: 'Leaders don't need to talk much, but they're listened to when they do speak.

– Man United midfielder Ander Herrera

Liverpool man denies 'stamp' on Man Utd goalkeeper

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has denied intentionally stamping on ManUnited goalkeeper David de Gea after being landed with a Football Association charge.

Skrtel will contest a the FA charge. Credit: PA

Skrtel will argue the incident, which occurred towards the end of the Reds' 2-1 defeat at home to United on Sunday, was accidental.

Skrtel, who had been given until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to a violent conduct charge, landed on the United stopper's right shin while chasing a through ball in the dying seconds of the encounter.

De Gea was incensed at the coming-together and the pair exchanged words shortly before the final whistle.

But the incident was missed by referee Martin Atkinson, meaning the FA could take retrospective action against the centre-half.

A three-man panel of former elite officials were asked by the governing body to review the footage independently of each other and there was unanimous agreement the offence warranted a red card.


Man United and Chelsea strikers win England awards

Wayne Rooney and Dominic Solanke collected their prizes. Credit: PA

Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke trained with the England senior team on Tuesday after collecting the Youth Player of the Year award.

The 17-year-old made his first-team debut for the Blues in October's Champions League match against Maribor and was given the award for helping the Under-17s to last year's European Championship.

Solanke, now part of the Under-18s set-up, was presented with the trophy as Wayne Rooney collected the Vauxhall England Player of the Year award ahead of a training session the forward joined in with.

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