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‘Muscle Man’ Manuel stays with Alaska

Manuel to stay with Alaska. PBA photo

VIC Manuel, the “Muscle Man”, is staying with Alaska Milk, after all.

As per report on the official PBA website, Manuel is reportedly set to sign a contract extension with the Uytengsu franchise.

Only the signature of the 33-year-old power-forward from Nueva Ecija is needed to finalize the agreement.

Terms of the contract were not immediately available, but sources said Manuel is expected to get the maximum contract of P420,000 per month excluding bonuses.

Manuel’s agent-manager, Danny Espiritu, said the deal is expected to be signed next week.

“We are almost done on a (new) contract for Vic,” Espiritu told sportswriters. “In a matter of days, maybe next week, we will sign the deal.”

Manuel spent the last seven years with Alaska after being drafted No. 9 overall by NorthPort Batang Pier in 2012.

His contract with the Aces, however, expired last December 2020.

Earlier reports said Manuel had initially wanted a lucrative three-year extension, but Alaska is willing to give him only a two-year deal with a team option on the second year.

Manuel immediately demanded a trade, with Phoenix Super LPG as one of his preferred destinations.

Three teams –Meralco, NorthPort and NLEX – have also reached out to Alaska for a possible trade.

But Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso personally sought Manuel and convinced him to stay with the Aces.