Manchester United Football Club have opened contract talks with Chris Smalling, in the hope that the 29-year-old will put pen to paper on a new deal.
That’s according to the Daily Mirror, citing the Daily Mail. Their report adds that the centre-back, who was signed from Fulham FC almost a decade ago now, is set to triple his £40,000-a-week wages, to potentially earn a huge £120,000-a-week.
Ever since his arrival at Old Trafford, the Englishman has endured an up-and-down career. Right now, he’s probably United’s best centre-back – which honestly isn’t saying that much…
Is he worthy of such huge money? I’m not so sure, but Smalling is well within his rights to demand it, particularly when you look at how much some of the players around him in the dressing room are earning.
Basically, United have created this problem for themselves. When you hand huge money to slightly above average players, it sets a precedent within the dressing room, with other 5/10 footballers expecting to earn similar.
We all know that Jose Mourinho chased a new centre-half during the summer, but Smalling isn’t the player who should be on the way out. He deserves a fresh deal at Manchester United, in my opinion.