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David De Gea commences talks with Manchester United over a new long-term deal at the club

Manchester United have reportedly begun talks with goalkeeper David De Gea over a new long-term contract which will ward off Real Madrid. James Ducker of the Telegraph has written about the preliminary talks with the Spaniard to secure him to the club for the foreseeable future, his current contract signed in 2015 will expire in the summer of 2019, with an option for a further year to be added on. Just before signing his newest contract, a move to Real Madrid all but done with paperwork not being submitted in time, deeming the move as a failure. Which was great news.

Just last week, United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that De Gea’s extra year at the club would be activated, if necessary, but a new long-term deal for De Gea would be something the club will be seeking instead. The talks for a new contract for the Spanish number one are at an early stage with De Gea’s representatives contacted about a fortnight ago. The current contract, which is reported to be worth about £200,000 a week for the player, gives United some time to get a new deal sorted, especially if Real Madrid look to reignite their interest in the player in the summer.

Back in 2015, United had accepted a £29 million fee for the player with Madrid keeper Keylor Navas coming the other way, which at the time seemed to be a good deal, but the move collapsed and De Gea signed a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams. Real Madrid have maintained their interest in the Spanish number one and a deal seemed likely last summer, but no move was made by the Madrid club. Mourinho seems intent on keeping De Gea. Last week in a press conference, the Portuguese manager, speaking about the Spaniard, said:

“It’s obvious that we’re not going to let the option [in De Gea’s contract] disappear. A goalkeeper like he is, and obviously a club that wants to be better and better and better, we are not going to let that year option go away.

“But obviously we are going to try to give him a contract that keeps him here for much longer than that option that, of course, we are going to execute.

“I don’t discuss numbers and contracts. I just say what is obvious. Anyone of you would say the same – David is to keep.”

De Gea is represented by Jorge Mendes, the same guy who represents Mourinho. Mendes was in Manchester last week as he perused the final details of Mourinho’s new contract at the Theatre of Dreams, which will see the end of the reports the Portuguese manager was going to quit in the summer to manage Paris Saint-Germain, all because he praised the club for luring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer, a question which was asked in the press conference by a French journalist.

It shows the state of some journalists in England who seem to manufacture stories to fit their agendas, which this season seems to be slating what they can about Manchester United. If it is not Mourinho who is being the brunt of the stories, it is certain players or other aspects of the club. Right now the media are trying to suggest that United are overpaying for Alexis Sanchez this month after Manchester City backed out from the challenge of luring the player to Eastlands, making United seem like a club who are recruiting mercenaries – when City have done that for years.

Mourinho’s new contract should see the manager remain at the club until 2021, with an option for a further year to be added, which seems to be the norm for all contract whether a new signing or a new contract at the club. This will be some January window if United bring in Sanchez, renew Mourinho’s contract and secure De Gea to a new long-term deal too. It would suggest this is going to be the start of something, which if so, I look forward to all the negative articles and comments from the ABU’s on Twitter.

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