Erik ten Hag confirms future of Manchester United duo ahead of January transfer window

The pair could leave for free as it stands

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has shut the door on any departure this summer for either Marcus Rashford or Diogo Dalot, despite both ostensibly being out of contract in June.

Both Dalot and Rashford have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford this summer, with Paris Saint Germain reportedly keen on the Englishman while Barcelona continue to monitor Dalot.

However, both players have optional extensions in their contracts, something that Ten Hag has confirmed the club will activate, while he also revealed that the pair are in discussions with the club over new contracts.

“We are talking to them to extend contracts, but we have control because we have an option on all the players and we will exercise those options”, he told the media.

It means that neither player will be available to leave on a free transfer this summer, though they will be in the final year of their contracts should no agreement be reached over a new deal.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are looking to be active in January, with a striker high on the agenda, Ten Hag confirmed.

“Yes, we want a striker - but only when we find the right player”, the United boss explained. “We do everything in our power. We are doing research on every opportunity and we do everything we can”.

The club have been strongly linked with PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo, who they attempted to sign in the summer and who has since gone on to excel both domestically and at the World Cup with the Netherlands.

They have also been linked with making a move for Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, along with new Portugal hero Goncalo Ramos, as Ten Hag looks to find competition for Anthony Martial and Rashford.

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