Sheffield United manager, Paul Heckingbottom, has said there is nothing imminent when it comes to a new contract for Iliman Ndiaye.
Ndiaye has been United’s standout player this season. Along with Oli McBurnie at the top of the pitch, Ndiaye has been in fine goalscoring form. Beyond that, though, his overall performances have been outstanding.
One of the big talking points at the club has been Ndiaye’s contract. The Senegalese star is under terms until 2024. But his form is such that there is an expectancy of interest in January.
And speaking in his press conference ahead of Bristol City tomorrow, Heckingbottom has offered an update on the contract situation surrounding Ndiaye.
“He’s been one of the ones who we’ve had conversations about. Definitely, but everyone’s got to want it to happen. Conversations are ongoing and it’s not simple. But I wouldn’t expect anything to be done soon,” Heckingbottom said.
Ndiaye could be selected for Senegal in this winter’s World Cup. Should he feature and perform well in Qatar, then the Blades forward could well be a focus of attention in January.
Sheff U News View: Ndiaye contract needs sorting ASAP
The problem United have got here is that Ndiaye is about to enter the final 18 months of his deal. And in football, that isn’t a long time to have on a contract.
Of all the players in this current squad, Ndiaye is the one who needs his contract sorting most. If anything, it needs doing to protect his value for when the inevitable sale happens.
Clubs will rightly be sniffing around Ndiaye in January and into the summer. And if United haven’t got him tied down, then the Premier League vultures will fancy their chances in the next window.
Put simply, this is the ultimate priority for Sheffield United as a club right now.