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Man United confident of new Rashford deal

Manchester United are making good progress in contract extension talks with Marcus Rashford according to reports. Credit: PA

Manchester United are making good progress in contract extension talks with Marcus Rashford according to reports.

The 21-year-old has established himself as an important player at Old Trafford since bursting onto the scene in a Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland in February 2016.

Rashford's current deal expires at the end of the 2019-20 season, although United would almost certainly take up the option to extend it by a further year.

However, PA understands that the forward is close to signing a new and improved contract to stay at the club long-term.

It is understood that Barcelona were among the clubs eyeing a move for the England international, who has scored 45 goals in 170 appearances for his boyhood club.

Ander Herrera left on a free transfer this summer at the end of his contract, while captain Antonio Valencia was among those released at the end of their deals.

Rashford misses England training

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Marcus Rashford was the only absentee from England training a day out from their opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

The Manchester United striker is nursing an ankle injury that leaves him a slight concern for the visit of the Czechs to Wembley on Friday night.

Rashford, capped 31 times by his country, with six goals, had an individual session indoors at St George's Park as he bids to prove his fitness.

The 21-year-old has become an integral part of Gareth Southgate's line-up, scoring three times in his last six international appearances.

England's official Twitter account posted: "21 players are taking part in today's session, with @MarcusRashford working separately to the main group."

He is the latest injury headache for Southgate, who has already had five players withdraw from the squad for the Group A double header against the Czechs and Montenegro.

On Wednesday, Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out because of a back complaint, with Fabian Delph, John Stones, Luke Shaw and Ruben Loftus-Cheek already ruled out.

Promising Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi has been brought in despite having not yet made a league start, with Southgate also turning to in-form Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.

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Manchester United start contract talks with Rashford

It is understood Manchester United have opened talks with Marcus Rashford over a new and improved contract. Credit: PA

It is understood Manchester United have opened talks with Marcus Rashford over a new and improved contract.

The 21-year-old has shone since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment and netted his 10th goal of the season in Sunday's 1-0 win against Leicester.

Rashford's current deal expires in 2020 and United would almost certainly invoke the clause that extends it by a further year.

But the club are keen to get the forward tied down to a longer deal and reports suggest talks have begun about a new contract.

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