Manchester United striker Alessia Russo insisted that she is ‘loving taking part in proper now’ when quizzed about her future on the membership after scoring the winner in Saturday night time’s epic WSL conflict with Arsenal.
Russo, who was sidelined with harm earlier within the season, scored in stoppage time on the Emirates Stadium on a momentous night time for United. It was her third of the marketing campaign to this point, having additionally netted within the latest defeat towards Chelsea, and walked away with Barclays Participant of the Match.
It underlined the significance of a participant resulting from be out of contract come the summer season.
Russo turned down the supply of a brand new deal shortly earlier than Euro 2022, a event which then made her a family identify throughout the nation, and United have already exercised the one-year extension choice in a contract that was initially scheduled to run out just a few months in the past.
The 23-year-old stays completely happy at United, the staff she grew up supporting, stating simply final month that she nonetheless sees herself ‘creating’ on the membership. She additionally stated inside days of the Euro 2022 last that she was ‘actually trying ahead’ to the brand new membership season with United.
Requested pitchside on the Emirates the place her head is relating to her future, Russo has now informed Sky Sports activities: “I am simply having fun with my soccer, I am loving taking part in proper now. Outcomes like tonight are actually particular…and in entrance of those unbelievable followers. We’ll see what occurs.”
United boss Marc Skinner has unsurprisingly said that the membership, which has lately secured a contract extension with fellow star participant Ella Toone – additionally one among Russo’s closest associates, is continuous to work exhausting behind the scenes.
“Alessia is completely proud of what she’s doing. If we weren’t proud of Alessia, she wouldn’t be thought of for groups or taking part in. She’s an amazing one that is de facto, actually skilled, an amazing participant and somebody we wish to take a look at,” Skinner stated on the finish of October.
“What individuals most likely don’t realise is negotiations simply take just a little little bit of time. It’s not as simple as waving a magic wand. However I do know the curiosity of us is to maintain Alessia at this membership and I can ensure that the followers know we’re positively not a promoting membership.”
United have quite a few gamers out of contract in 2023, together with Ona Batlle, Mary Earps and Millie Turner – the latter additionally scored on the Emirates on Saturday. The membership nonetheless holds a 12-month choice to increase Earps’ present deal till 2024, however Turner and Batlle are already of their choice 12 months.
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