Sheffield United: Promotion hero Mark Duffy 'told he can leave Bramall Lane' after 'not being offered contract extension' at Premier League Blades - reports

Mark Duffy, one of Sheffield United’s promotion heroes, has been 'told he can leave Bramall Lane’, according to reports this morning.

Monday, 22nd July 2019, 13:37 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd July 2019, 13:37 pm
Joe Sbarra of Burton Albion tackles Mark Duffy of Sheffield Utd: James Wilson/Sportimage

Football Insider claim that Duffy’s contract, which expires next summer, will not be extended and his spell at United, which has brought two promotions since he joined in 2016, could be nearing its end.

United have not yet publicly commented on the report. Duffy was absent from United’s squad for their pre-season friendly at Northampton Town on Saturday. Chris Wilder’s Blades face Chesterfield tomorrow evening at the Proact, as their preparations for the Premier League season continue.

"It [the new season] is not too far away now," Duffy said earlier this month, when he last faced the media on United’s pre-season tour of Portugal.

“We're preparing right and we want to be as fit as we can. It's the best league in the world and we want to be ready."

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Osborn, who can play in midfield or at wing-back, was identified as a target for the Blades following their promotion to the Premier League.

The 24-year-old is in the last year of his contract at the City Ground, and Forest are willing to cash in this summer – rather than lose him for nothing in 2020.

Osborn came off the bench in Forest’s friendly against Crystal Palace on Friday, and some fans suggested he was waving goodbye to the Forest faithful at the end of the game.