Barcelona have asked Manchester United to keep them updated on Nemanja Matic's future as they plot a bargain move for the midfielder next summer.

The Serbian has 18 months left on his current deal after he was linked with an exit from Old Trafford in the summer.

Roma were keen on securing a move for the experienced player as Jose Mourinho arrived at the club, but a deal did not materialise.

Matic would end up staying put for the new season, but has been on the fringes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

And Barcelona are keeping an eye on how the situation develops as he's set to enter the final year of his contract, according to The Sun.

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The Spanish giants have asked United to keep them in the loop about his future as they consider making a move.

Matic is ignoring the speculation, however, and is solely focused on his current employers as he apologised to Man Utd fans for the club's disappointing form after their 4-2 defeat to Leicester.

He told “We are sorry for them [the supporters. They support us, especially away [and] they are top. They deserve much, much better than this.

“We will do our best to make them happy in the future. But we have 14 points – we are still in the title race. We don’t want to give up until the end.

"Of course, we are disappointed. Everyone is sad, everyone is with their head down at the moment. But when you play for Man United, if you don’t win the game of course you are disappointed, but we have to stick together.

“It’s time to stick together, to analyse this game as soon as possible, then to think about the next one, which is in three or four days against a very good side, Atalanta.

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It’s also going to be hard. We are very disappointed, but I think that, in the future, we will show we are much better than this.”

Matic vows United will learn from their mistakes and bounce back from this difficult spell.

He added: “We started with that [Greenwood] goal, which was great. An amazing goal. But after that they controlled more of the game. They created a lot of chances. So we have to be honest; we have to say that they deserved to win.

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“Was it frustrating to concede so soon after making it 2-2? Yeah, after one minute we conceded the third goal. Of course, [the] frustration was there. But sometimes you have to say when the opponent was better, and to see where we can improve, what we have to do better. Because I’m sure our team is much better than this.

“Every next game is the most important; every next game is a new challenge, an opportunity to show your qualities.

“We’re going to take responsibility; we’re going to step up and see what we can do. I’m sure that we can do a lot.”

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