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29-year-old Man Utd star now taking UEFA coaching badges to prepare for eventual retirement

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Victor Lindelof has revealed he is now planning ahead for when his football playing days are over, although does not plan to leave the game entirely.

It is seven years since Victor Lindelof signed for Manchester United in 2017. And it is fair to say the trajectory on his time at the club is pointing down.

Lindelof has only one year remaining on his contract, and we do believe he is a good candidate to be sold this summer, and invest in a younger defender.

Regardless of his future at the club, Lindelof should have plenty of football left in him. But he is making preparations for when his career is over.

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Victor Lindelof taking coaching badges

The Sweden international captain revealed at a press conference for their national team that he is making plans to move into coaching.

Lindelof explained that getting the qualifications in now, will enable him to make an instant transition into a new role, should an opportunity present itself in the future.

He is quoted via Fotboll Skanalen: “I have started an education with some friends in the team in England. It is a regular education. Uefa A, the first.

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“You never know what will happen in the future. I think it’s better to do it now than after the career so I’ve done it. If something comes up when you stop, you’ve done it.”

He added: “I’m not quite there but I hope I have a few years left as a player.”

Lindelof, 29, turns 30 this summer and could extend his playing career for at least another five years if he wishes and has good fortunes with injury.

United are in the market for young centre-backs and Lindelof, like Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans, all face somewhat of an uncertain future, even though it’s unlikely the club would ditch all four in one summer.

Lindelof starting opportunities dwindling

This season Victor Lindelof has made 13 Premier League starts. Last season he made only 14.

The previous year he made 26, and the two years before that were 29 each.

He has had a relatively good record with injuries, he has simply been viewed as more of a back-up by current boss Erik ten Hag.

With United looking to sign younger defenders, Lindelof’s chances are likely to reduce further next season if he stays, rather than increase.

A parting of the ways seems sensible, allowing United to get a fee for his services this summer instead of losing him on a free in 2025.

And with Lindelof planning ahead for his eventual retirement, he won’t want to spend another season of his playing career sat mostly on the bench.

He is still good enough to start regularly for the majority of teams across Europe’s top leagues, while a return to play in Sweden may even appeal later down the line.

Beyond that, a managerial post awaits somewhere. Who knows, these may even be the first coaching steps for a future Manchester United boss.

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