David de Gea’s contract demands as Manchester United continue talks over extension

The goalkeeper’s Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season.

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Manchester United and David de Gea want to resolve the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the player’s contract situation.

The goalkeeper’s current deal at Old Trafford expires this summer, although the club could opt to extend it by a further year. That option was exercised on the contracts of Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Fred and Marcus Rashford earlier this season, giving United additional time to tie the quartet down to long-term deals.

Despite the lack of clarity on De Gea’s future, reports say both parties want to sort the matter soon and agree a new contract. “David de Gea wants to stay, Man United want to keep him,” he wrote. “Discussions continue on the salary structure and length of the contract. All parties remain optimistic.”

It follows a report in The Athletic which claims De Gea has rejected United’s initial offer of a new deal but added the negotiations are ‘expected to reach a positive conclusion’. They add that De Gea accepts he will have to take a pay cut on his £375,000-per-week salary if he is to remain at the club, but the outlet also state that De Gea feels United’s open offer was ‘unsatisfactory’.

“During this season, Ten Hag has come to appreciate De Gea’s worth and is happy for him to be his goalkeeper for future years,” The Athletic add.

The former Atletico Madrid man has enjoyed another good campaign at Old Trafford, one which has been largely error-free unlike seasons during the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era. In recent months De Gea has moved into the club’s all-time top-10 appearance makers, became the first foreign player to make 400 Premier League appearances for one club, and overtook Peter Schmeichel for the highest number of United clean sheets.

Only a few weeks ago Ten Hag praised the Spaniard’s consistency. “You can see that his performances for Manchester United are brilliant over the years,” said the former Ajax boss. “He has the most clean sheets, so he wins a record over Peter Schmeichel, and when you win a record over Peter Schmeicel, you have to be very, very good. He’s showing he is so consistent. So as a manager, you can always rely on him. We have seen it.”

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