David De Gea on the verge of signing a new long-term Manchester United contract – reports

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is close to signing a new long-term contract at the Old Trafford club, according to reports. It had been reported months ago that United were in discussion with De Gea’s representatives suggesting a new deal for the Spanish number one was close. The United exited the UEFA Champions League and the ‘gutter press’ used that to sell more crass stories that the player had ordered his agent to secure a move to Real Madrid this summer.

The reports suggest United will offer De Gea £350,000 a week to remain at the Theatre of Dreams, a club he has said many times that he is happy at. The Spaniard was close to signing for Real Madrid on deadline day in Spain during the summer 2015 window, late paperwork scuppering that deal. It led to United offering the player a new contract, which he signed at the start of the 2015/16 season, which will expire at the end of next season – there was a 12-month clause which could be added onto that contract, meaning De Gea could stay at United until 2020.

Every transfer window, mostly the summer windows, speculation linking De Gea to Real Madrid has dominated the headlines, mostly being sources by the ‘gutter press’ or Don Balon – it is hard to suggest which one is more unreliable at times. It has become boring, just like the Wesley Sneijder saga, which saw the Dutch midfielder linked to the club every transfer window from the summer of 2010 onwards. It seems the media put stories together which keep their income coming in, which is not how the media should work and is why they have a reputation creating fallacy.

As the reports of this new contract for De Gea have been reported many times, it is likely that there could be some truth but it does not mean the various stories linking the player with Real Madrid will not go away. It will probably mean there will be more of them. It really is how the media works. When there is seemingly good news, it is normally followed by bad news, which takes the credibility away from the good news.

De Gea is having a great season at United, keeping 16 clean sheets in the Premier League this season and on course to win the Golden Glove for the first time in his career at United. The last time a United player won the award was during the 2008/09 season when Edwin van der Sar won it, keeping 21 clean sheets in the league that season. Last season, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won it, keeping 16 clean sheets, the same as De Gea has now, with seven Premier League matches remaining. De Gea may become the second Spanish goalkeeper to win the award.

The Sun newspaper has printed quotes from an apparent insider at the Old Trafford club, who has apparently said the following:

“The club want it sorted. It has to be done in their eyes. They want David [De Gea] to go to the World Cup and come back knowing everything is settled. Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] leaving has freed up more wiggle room on wages and United don’t want to drag it out. They want to show the world that David won’t be leaving for anywhere. It’s a real statement.”

If these reports are in fact true, it is suggested that De Gea could sign a new contract before he leaves the club for the summer, to represent Spain in the FIFA World Cup in Russia and before his holiday ahead of the new season. This could set a president at the Old Trafford club, casting aside all the speculation that United will sell their players to any bidder. They may have lost the talent of Cristiano Ronaldo nearly a decade ago but that does not mean that Real Madrid and clubs like the will continue to use United as a feeder club. It is about time someone stood up to them.

If De Gea was to leave United, despite having a ready-made replacement in Sergio Romero, he would undoubtedly be a big loss at the Theatre of Dreams and the task of replacing him, for the long-term, would be a tough one. United have some talented goalkeepers in their Academy with Dean Henderson, currently on loan at Shrewsbury Town, Joel Pereira, who is currently third in line and Kieran O’Hara, who plays the majority of the U23 matches. None would be a simple shoe-in to replace De Gea though.

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