Ten Hag closes the door on Barcelona's hopes of signing Diogo Dalot
Man Utd will renew the right-back's contract unilaterally until 2024
Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has openly acknowledged that the club are already working on applying automatic renewal to Diogo Dalot's contract, which would prevent the right-back from leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season.
"He is a good player, he has a contract with us and we will exercise that option in the next few days to extend it until 2024. That decision has already been made," said Ten Hag.
Dalot's contract expires in June, but United have an option to renew his deal unilaterally. They just have to apply it and communicate the situation to the Portuguese international, something that may now happen before the end of the calendar year.
Barça were keen on Dalot if he was going to be a free agent, but his chances of a move to Camp Nou will now be reduced unless United set a relatively low sale price, something that is not expected at the Catalan club.
The Blaugrana had contacted Dalot's entourage to communicate their interest and the player was excited about the possibility of joining the club.
The fact he will renew for one more year could also motivate a broader contract extension -- United intend to extend his contract until 2027, taking into account the impressive season that Dalot is having at Old Trafford.