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Welbeck demands bigger contract than Man Utd pals Jones, Smalling

Manchester United will continue new contract talks with Danny Welbeck in the coming days. The Daily Star says Welbeck, 21, is entering the final 12 months of his £16,000-a-week deal and wants a significant pay hike after establishing himself with United and England.

It is understood Welbeck wants around £60,000 a week and believes he has earned the right to a significant pay rise.

He scored 12 goals in 38 appearances last season to leapfrog Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez in the pecking order.

He also made it into Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad and started all four of England's games at the finals, scoring a memorable winner to sink Sweden in the group stages.

United are reluctant to meet his wage demands and would prefer to put him on the same terms as Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling, who all earn in the region of £40,000 a week.

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