Man United Women returned to the Champions League after defeating Manchester City and Chelsea

Mark Skinner brushed aside concerns from the press about the future of his two star players.

Alessia Russo and Ona Battle are both out of contract at the end of the season and could leave on free transfer.

Russo turned down a new contract last summer, with interest from Lyon, Chelsea and Arsenal, with the latter rejecting two world-record signings in January.

Talks are said to be ongoing between United and the two players who are crucial to Skinner’s first team, but speculation is mounting over their futures.

Earlier this week, Ella Tone spoke about Russo’s future, saying, “As a friend, I’ve always been proud of what she’s done and what she’s accomplished.

Now Mark Skinner discusses the importance of putting those conversations aside and focusing on the task at hand.

“(Russo and Battle’s contract situation) I wouldn’t say it will go to a serious level because as a team we are in a critical period of the season where these players will play a big role,” he told Sky.

“There is a lot of love from those players to the club and from the club to those players. Hopefully, we are working hard behind the scenes,” he said.

He continued, “What I’m really concerned with and why they’re acting the way they are – it’s about the team. My job is to put myself aside and work for this team; The player’s task is to put themselves aside and work for the team.

“This is like trying to get to the FA Cup final. We have increased one level from where we are now, so now we have to put all our energy to do it, and we have very important games not only to finish in the Champions League, but also to compete for the competition. league”

Skinner’s side take on Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals at the League Sports Village at the weekend.

The league leaders then host Arsenal in the WSL in midweek. Despite being crowded at the top of the table, the Reds still hope to qualify for the Champions League next season.

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