Red Devils defender Smalling happy at Old Trafford, wants stay

Chris Smalling says he is happy at Manchester United.

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says he is happy at the club and is hoping to stay there beyond the expiration of his current contract.

Smalling’s deal expires at the end of next season and it has been reported that United are yet to open talks on an extension for the 25-year-old.

However, Smalling has been in fine form for his club of late, teaming up at the back with his fellow England international Phil Jones during important recent victories over Tottenham and Liverpool.

Asked about his contract situation at an England press conference on Sunday, Smalling said: "That is one that I have not really discussed with anyone.

"The manager is showing his faith in me and, if I am playing, I’m happy.

"We have got another eight games, so we will look to finish as strong as we can."

Asked if he saw his long term future at United, Smalling said: "Yes, I do. I am enjoying it, I have always enjoyed playing for United, especially at the minute.

"If I can contribute, as now, then I am happy to stay as long as they want me."

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United boss Luis van Gaal appears to rate Smalling highly and the player says the manager has helped him to produce some fine displays this season.

When it was suggested that he was playing the best football of his life, Smalling said: "Yes, I think I am.

"The manager has shown a lot of faith in me. Especially over the last couple of months, I have stayed fit, the manager has chosen me, and I am enjoying my football.

"I think he is very honest. He says what you are doing very well and what you can improve. He has real belief in you."

And Smalling says he will be happy to wait until the summer before discussing any possible new deal.

Asked if any negotiations were currently ongoing, he said: "Not that I am aware of, I don’t really take care of that.

"We will finish as strong as we can and, if I can contribute, then I will be very happy."