Sheffield United don’t want to be in the same situation as Arsenal are currently with Aaron Ramsey.
Blades manager Chris Wilder specifically highlighted the Ramsey scenario as something he wants to avoid.
The Wales international’s current deal with the Gunners expires this summer. Sky Sports reports Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus.
Apparently the midfielder completed a medical with the Italian champions in a move that will become official in February.
Players in England can agree deals with foreign clubs up to six months before their current contract expires.
Not many of Wilder’s squad are likely to be joining Juve any time soon. However, the United boss also doesn’t want to be losing any key players on a free transfer either.
“I’ve always said that we’re looking to tie the players down and not let their contracts run down, and it’s an ongoing process,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.
“There’s been a lot of talk recently about Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey and his contract running down… every club has their own way of going about it, but we’re trying to build and part of that is keeping our best players, and rewarding them.
“Being nice and stable in terms of our process, going forward.”
Which United players get a new contract?
Defender Martin Cranie was recently awarded a new contract until the end of the season. Captain Billy Sharp is also set to trigger an extension after playing a certain amount of games. Sharp’s current deal also expires this summer.
Wilder has confirmed that Enda Stevens is one of the players the Blades are in discussions with.
“Talks are still ongoing with Enda and a couple of others, too, that I’ll keep under wraps. Hopefully in a week or two we can announce those,” the 51-year-old continued.
Paul Coutts, David McGoldrick, Simon Moore and Conor Washington are the others whose contracts expire at the end of this term.