Out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic reportedly trained for just 24 minutes of Wednesday’s session, raising concerns about his long-term future at the club.
It comes just days after the Serbia international snubbed United’s black-tie gala dinner, instead choosing to dine out with Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone.
The former Chelsea man also hinted that his time at Old Trafford could be coming to an end by responding to a meme on Instagram linking him with a move to Jose Mourinho’s new club Tottenham.
And on Wednesday, according to The Sun, Matic only took part in the start of the session and was seen leaving United’s Carrington training ground early in his Mercedes 4×4.
The 31-year-old has very much been on the periphery this season, making just two Premier League starts with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preferring Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira.
Matic has already been linked with a January exit and this latest incident is likely to only increase speculation.
Inter Milan has been reported as the early frontrunners to secure his services but Matic is expected to receive interest from several other clubs should United make him available.
The rest of the United squad stayed behind to complete the light session following Matic’s early departure as Solskjaer got his men ready for Thursday’s Europa League tie with Astana.
Solskjaer is keen to give his senior players a welcome rest this week and has instead taken a number of youngsters for the clash in Kazakhstan, which has largely been a theme for United in this competition this season.
According to reports, 14 players aged between 17 and 19 have been included in United’s traveling squad while Jesse Lingard is the only senior name to make the trip.