‘I want to be important’: Fred to discuss Manchester United future with Ten Hag

Fred has admitted he may leave Manchester United this summer, with the midfielder planning to discuss his future with Erik ten Hag, the club, and his family in the close season.

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Ten Hag said in December that United had triggered a one-year extension in Fred’s contract, taking the expiry of his deal with the club to June 2024. Yet speaking about his future after United’s defeat against Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday, the 30-year-old Brazilian said: “I still don’t know, I have to talk with my family, I still have one year left in my contract here. Now it’s holidays’ time and a good opportunity to rest.

“I’ll talk to my staff, to the club and see what is everyone’s decision. I do have to talk with Ten Hag as well, he’s the manager and the conversation has to involve everyone. We have to see how next season will plan out. I want to be important, I want to help the team, so we’ll see. But I’ve always been and still am very happy at Manchester United.”

Fred joined United from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee believed to be £52m in June 2018. He started at Wembley at the weekend but has not been a first-choice regular since Ten Hag arrived at Old Trafford a year ago.

“Of course I always want to be playing, to be helping my team and gladly I started and I think we played well,” the player said.