Manuel still an Ace

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    VIC Manuel is staying put at Alaska.

    According toManuel’s agent, Danny Espiritu, the forward is set to sign a new contract with his team for the last seven years after a compromise was reached between the player and Aces management.

    “We are almost done on a (new) contract for Vic,” Espiritu told Malaya-Business Insight through a text message yesterday.

    “In a matter of days, maybe next week, we will sign the deal,” added Espiritu.

    The long-time player representative did not disclose the terms of the new deal, but another insider said the new contract is for two years worth the league maximum of P420,000 a month.

    “At saka maraming perks,” declared the source. “Lahat ng achievements niya o ng team may katumbas.”

    Those terms seemingly were enough to appease Manuel, whose initial talks with Alaska bogged down after his old contract expired last December.

    Manuel had initially wanted a fresh three-year deal but Alaska countered with a two-year pact with a team option on the second year.

    That did not sit well with the 33-year-old and he promptly demanded to be traded despite Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso personally sitting down with him, promising to build the Aces around the “Muscle Man.”

    Alaska has the seventh pick overall and a couple of second round picks in the Season 46 Rookie Draft on March 14.

    According to reports, Aces management talked to other teams, notably Meralco, NorthPort and NLEX, for a possible trade involving Manuel but those talks did not pan out.