In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken up about the current situation of goalkeeper David De Gea.
The Spanish goalkeeper is in the final year of his contract and is yet to sign a contract extension with the club. De Gea’s contract expires in the summer of 2019 and the club has the option to extend it by one more year but a new long-term deal is what the club prefers.
“I am not confident”, Mourinho said in an interview with Sky Sports when asked whether he is confident about keeping the Spaniard at Old Trafford. “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens”, the Portuguese added, “Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and, if the club wants to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”
Amidst all the speculation regarding his contract extension and future at Old Trafford, the 27-year-old has labeled all of this as a “distraction”, after his coach Jose Mourinho said that he wasn’t confident about the Spaniard’s future at Old Trafford. In an interview with Sky Sports De Gea said, “What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction”.
Luke Shaw is the latest Man United player to have signed a new contract, which makes him one of the highest earning defenders in the world. 22-year-old winger Anthony Martial is another player who is in the final year of his contract and United are confident of keeping the youngster at Old Trafford for a long time. The club hierarchy is eager to extend De Gea’s contract as they had started negotiationsThe club hierarchy is eager to extend De Gea’s contract as they had started negotiations with De Gea’s representatives earlier this year but no agreement has been reached till now. However, if United fail to reach an agreement with De Gea soon, the club will look to sell the goalkeeper or he will leave for free in 2020.
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