Midfielder James Garner says he will hold talks with Manchester United this summer, and insists he still wants to make the grade at Old Trafford in the future.
After an underwhelming first half of the season on loan with Watford, Garner switched to Nottingham Forest for the second half of the 2020/21 campaign, where the midfielder then flourished.
During his time at The City Ground, Garner made 20 appearances for Chris Hughton’s side, scoring four goals and producing some impressive performances during that time.
That has led to some questions about Garner’s future for next season, with his agent claiming the likes of Brighton, Rangers and Championship title winners Norwich are interested in him, and it now seems as though the midfielder himself has yet to reach an official decision on that.
Providing an update on his current situation, Garner was quoted by United’s official website as saying: “I’ve been working hard, physically and mentally, and it’s something I am trying to add into my game.
“Hopefully, when I come back at the end of the season, I’ll sit down with the coaches and see what’s best for me and what’s going to be best for my development. I’ll take if from there really.”
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Longer term though, it seems Garner is in no doubt that he wants to be a regular for United, as he went on to add: “I think that’s ultimately the dream. I’ve been at the club since seven or eight and the main focus is to be in the first team and do whatever takes to be with the first team.
“Like I’ve said, I’ll just keep working hard, keep my head down and have to see what is going to be best for my development. But, ultimately, my dream is to be with the first team and play for United.”
Prior to his loan moves this season, Garner had made seven first-team appearances in all competitions for United.
This is an interesting one that will certainly attract attention from a number of different areas going into the summer transfer window.
Garner showed during his time with Forest in the last few months that he is a player with a great deal of ability, who could certainly strengthen a number of squads next season.
It seems therefore, that with Garner seemingly not ruling out a loan move for next season, his future could be something to keep an eye on over the next few months.
Long term though, you can’t really blame Garner for wanting to make the grade at United, given the opportunities that will open up for him from both a football and financial perspective.