Manchester United keeper David de Gea has signed a new four-year deal with the club, according to latest reports.
The Spaniard was in the last year of his contract with United and had been involved in protracted contract talks. During the summer, it was reported that United were close to agreeing on an extension with their no 1 keeper. But the uncertainty over the possible deal had led to intense speculation in recent days. However, it appears that United have finally convinced De Gea to commit his long-term future to the club.
According to the Daily Mirror, sources close to the player have confirmed that the deal is already done, and it is likely to be announced within the next 24 hours. As part of the new deal, the Spain international will stand to earn £350,000 a week in wages, which is a decent hike on his current £250,000/week salary. The deal would also include an option for an extra year.
A real coup for United?
Not long back there were suggestions that De Gea could turn down the new United offer and walk away for free next summer. Some reports even mentioned that United are already looking for his replacement and could sell him in January.
The possibility of the Spaniard keeper leaving for free(or in January) was real as the likes of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain were reportedly monitoring his situation. And he would have been within his rights to sign a pre-agreement with any of the two clubs in January.
Hence, in these circumstances, it’s a real achievement for United that they have convinced one of their most important players to commit his future to the club.
How important is De Gea for United?
Undoubtedly, the Spaniard has been the most important and consistent player for United in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. However, a lot has been made about the recent dip in his form. Last season, he was guilty of a number of high-profile errors. Not many had expected the drop in his form to continue for long, but it seems like it is not over yet. The 28-year-old was at fault for Crystal Palace’s winner during the 1-2 defeat at Old Trafford. However, he also produced a commanding performance in the 1-0 win over Leicester City this week.
Furthermore, the United keeper has the total backing of his boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. In a recent interview, the Norwegian manager made it very clear that he is not worried about De Gea’s form at all. He said: “Whenever David concedes a goal, it’s headlines, that he should have saved it. Whenever we lose a game – and we’ve lost only one since July 1 – it sounds like we’re really struggling. That’s just the way it is here and you have to handle it. You have to be resilient and have robust confidence.
“David’s fine. I don’t worry about him at all.”
Now that David de Gea has sorted out his future, he would be expected to keep his entire focus on the pitch and cut out errors. An in-form de Gea could prove to be the difference between success and failure for the Solskjaer’s side this season.