Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Angel Gomes’s representatives are responsible for his probable departure from Manchester United.
Gomes, 19, seems set to leave the United academy after refusing to sign a new contract with the club and his deal expires at midnight on Tuesday.
The MEN revealed Gomes rejected United’s opening offer of a new deal earlier this season and the forward has been unconvinced about his playing prospects at the club.
Although United are understood to have submitted improved terms to Gomes, his representatives were ‘underwhelmed’ by the offer. United assuaged some of Gomes’s reservations about the direction of the club but Barcelona have tracked Gomes for over a year and Chelsea have been linked with signing him. Gomes is represented by his father, Gil, and brother, Rico.
“You can ask Angel why he’s not signed,” Solskjaer said. “He’s not signed yet, I don’t know what the talks are behind the scenes.
“Angel’s a top kid. Of course there are people around him that advise him to do different things. If he doesn’t sign, all the best to Angel and I’m going to follow his career. If he signs for us, let’s kick on.”
Gomes is the only senior academy graduate who has not committed at United after Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams, James Garner, Ethan Laird, and Dylan Levitt inked extensions over the last 18 months. All six all debuted for United under Solskjaer.
Solskjaer has taken a dim view of Gomes’s contract wranglings and omitted him from the matchday squad against LASK Linz in March, when he was the only outfield player to travel without making the 18. Gomes also spent nearly three months out of the first-team fold amid the dispute over his future.
Gomes became the fourth-youngest United player at the age of 16 years and 263 days against Crystal Palace in May 2017. He has made one start in the last seven months and his representatives failed with a desperate attempt to secure a loan move to a Premier League club on deadline day in January.
The England youth international could drive into United’s Carrington training complex for the final time on Tuesday and Solskjaer spoke about the tweaks the club have made at their hub amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I think we all know how privileged we are working in the Premier League with facilities, stadiums, with supporters, with excitement and enthusiasm.
“The boys coming into work, driving in, leaving straight after training, there’s not lunch, they’ve had to go home to get showers and wash their own kit. I think everyone’s pressed the reset and restart button to see what is really important, what do we value?
“And when we get back to normality the players will embrace the fact that all the facilities are there for them to perform at the best of their abilities. The fans play such a big part and we can’t wait to get them back in.”