Man Utd to open talks on deal with €36m ace

Chris Smalling is set to earn a new contract at Manchester United despite his recent falling out with boss Jose Mourinho.

The 26-year-old current deal expires in 2019 and the Red Devils, according to the Sun, are looking to tie him down long-term.

This comes after being at the centre of an injury storm a fortnight ago when Mourinho questioned some his players’ bravery.

Before their victory over Swansea the Portuguese coach said: “Smalling doesn’t feel he can play 100 per cent with his pain.”

However, it has since come to light the €36.4m-rated England international suffered a broken toe and played in United’s defeat away to Chelsea with a pain-killing injection.

So far this season Smalling, who joined the Old Trafford club in 2010 from Fulham, has featured in seven of United’s 12 league fixtures scoring once in their emphatic 4-1 victory over champions Leicester City back in September.

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