Manchester United have confirmed the release of nine young players.
But the Premier League side are offering financial support, extra training and information packages to interested parties, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Demetri Mitchell, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Ethan Hamilton, Dion McGhee, Largie Ramazani, George Tanner, Aidan Barlow, Kieran O’Hara and Alex Fojticek are all departing when their contracts expire next week.
Five of those – Mitchell, Ramazani, Borthwick-Jackson, Hamilton and O’Hara – have first-team experience at the club.
Borthwick-Jackson is the biggest name of the bunch, having spent time on loan at a number of clubs after making 14 first-team appearances under Louis Van Gaal.
The club have decided not to release any player under the age of 19 due to the unique circumstances brought by Covid-19.
Those outgoing will receive financial support until the end of August, while United have also created video and stats packages to help them as they seek new clubs.
Head of academy Nick Cox said: “With some of the younger pros that are ending their contracts, we are putting packages in place so that when the season resumes they will come back for a few months with some financial support and a training programme to help them with the next stage of their career.
“This club is a family and looks after its family members. The last thing we wanted to do during this situation was to deliver bad news and release boys into the unknown.
“We made the decision not to release any of the boys [under-9s to under-18s].
"The number one priority was getting them back with smiles on their faces, and we will deal with those decisions at another time. We have a duty to help them through this difficult time.”
Angel Gomes, part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad, remains despite his contract also coming to an end.
United are still keen to keep him at the club and are offering a new long-term deal.
Solskjaer last week said he did not believe an agreement was "too far away".
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