Emilio Alvarez could be key to David De Gea remaining a Manchester United player

Manchester United goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez could be an intrinsic figure in a bid to keep goalkeeper David De Gea at the Old Trafford club longer than the expiry of his current contract, the end of June 2020. Earlier this year, United activated the clause in the 28-year-olds contract, ensuring that he could not leave the Theatre of Dreams as a free agent this coming summer.

For years now, De Gea has been a player that has amassed interest from a few clubs. Real Madrid tried to sign him on deadline day in Spain in 2015, the administration of the deal curtailing it and now Paris Saint-Germain, alongside speculation that Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane would like to bring the Spanish number one back to Spain. However, it will all depend on what the player wants; Manchester, Madrid or even Paris?

For months now, there have been many rumours that suggested De Gea was close to signing a new contract at the club and others which suggested the player wanted to become the highest paid player at the club with sports writers suggesting that Alexis Sanchez’s arrival has helped to cause that. Whether it is true though remains to be seen. We all know what these clickbait types are like – what use are facts in a good story!

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United obviously want to keep De Gea for the long-term, why would they not want to keep him at the club? United needs stability and losing a goalkeeper such as De Gea would destabilise the club more than stabilise it. Sergio Romero is a competent goalkeeper and could fill the void left by De Gea but in order to find a new long-term goalkeeper to replace the Spaniard, it would cost a hell of a lot of money.

De Gea has been a good servant to the club but over the past six years neatly, it is clear to say that United have massively regressed. The only challenge for a Premier League title happened last season and United ended up 19 points behind Manchester City, albeit finishing second in the Premier League. Players like De Gea want to achieve things with their clubs and that is not happening currently.

Whilst United has won two FA Community Shields, one Emirates FA Cup, one EFL Cup (now Carabao Cup) and the UEFA Europa League post-Sir Alex Ferguson, that is not something that De Gea will want to end his career with. Under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer though, that could all change as in the months that have passed since Jose Mourinho was sacked, United have changed for the better, more change is needed.

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The working relationship between De Gea and Alvarez though could be a good thing if United are to renew the contract of the Spaniard. The pair work together every day in training, before and after matches and it is clear to see that De Gea respects his coach and Alvarez respected his player. Back in January, Alvarez praised De Gea for his form and suggested he could become so much better, saying:

“David [De Gea] is, of course, the one who plays more and is an important player for the club, but the three of them are doing very well.

“With David, we are always thinking about how he can get better and better, and better.

“To be honest, I don’t think David will ever stop. He can get even better!”

Alvarez also gave some insight into the close bond between him and De Gea, which adds some depth to him being intrinsic in United re-signing the 28-year-old to a new long-term contract, which is something United need to be doing so they don’t regress further. De Gea has been named the clubs Player of the Year in four of the last five years, so it is clear to see what De Gea has offered the club, they should reward him for that.

“It is one of the things that, to be honest, I feel really proud and happy about.

“The relationship that the keepers have is amazing, between them and also of course with the way they are interacting with the team.

“Maybe the three of them are making the atmosphere happier for the rest.”

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There are suggestions that De Gea has been offered a new contract which would see his weekly wage rise to £350,000 and a report has suggested that De Gea has told teammates that he is more inclined to stay than leave. Whilst there has been no breakthrough in negotiations over this new contract, the player will most likely remain at the Old Trafford club beyond this summer with his current deal expiring next summer.

However, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain seeking the player, according to reports, this would mean that De Gea will hold more power than the club, which could see him walk away as a free agent as it would see Ed Woodward is not willing to give De Gea as much as Sanchez, despite the fact De Gea has been the player saving United for four seasons out of the last five. When will Woodward learn he is part of the problem?

One thing is for certain, this scenario will continue to run for some time. Speculation surrounding the player and Real Madrid will continue to grow, even if there is nothing in it. Sports writers do not need much to happen before they invent things, as at the end of the day, it brings in money to the newspaper, despite the fact it spreads rumour more than truth. Both United and De Gea will know where they stand, hopefully.

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