Alex Telles has struggled to cement his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team this season, often owing to Luke Shaw’s fantastic form. The English left-backs resurgence has inhibited Telles from staking a proper claim at the position, but according to reports, he has decided on his future.
The 28-year-old joined Manchester United from Porto last year on deadline day in what seemed to be a replacement for Luke Shaw. United’s injury-prone left-back had been heavily criticized for years but after a magnificent comeback story, Alex Telles’ United tenure has been difficult.
According to A Bola, a Portuguese newspaper, Manchester United have held talks with the left-back and assured him over his future. The outlet claims that the club told Telles he’s ‘counted on’ ahead of next season in talks which are said to have left the Brazilian ‘calm and reassured’.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is clearly a fan of Telles and wouldn’t have signed him if that wasn’t the case, but it will be difficult for him to edge Luke Shaw in the race for that left-back slot.
Shaw, who was named in the Premier League, FWA and PFA team of the year, is however out of contract in two years and will need to be tied down to a long-term deal.
Telles started just eight Premier League games in the 2020/21 season, with most of them coming in the six-week period after Luke Shaw suffered a hamstring injury.