Man Utd news: David de Gea ‘could leave in the summer’ after contract update | Football | Sport
De Gea’s current deal runs out in the summer but the club have a clause to trigger an extra 12 months should they fail to negotiate an extension.
But the Telegraph report that United are no closer to agreeing terms on a new deal with the Spain No 1.
De Gea is said to be worried about Manchester United’s progress on the pitch and concerned with their ability to compete for trophies.
The 28-year-old has been United’s best player over the last five years or so, winning the club’s player of the year award in four of the last five years.
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He was a long-term target for Real Madrid and nearly joined the Spanish giants on at least one occasion, but their capture of Thibaut Courtois last summer appears to have ended any potential of a future move.
In recent weeks he has been linked with Italian giants Juventus, who stunned the footballing world last summer with their move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
De Gea could go in the coming summer if a new deal can’t be agreed with United in danger of losing him for another 12 months later.
United boss Jose Mourinho recently admitted he wasn’t confident of securing De Gea on a new deal.
“I am not confident, but I’m also not worried,” he told Sky Sports. “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.
“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 want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.”
And former United goalkeeper Eric Steele thinks De Gea could depart to win the Champions League.
“If you ask David now, he is fully committed to Manchester United,” Steele told the Goalkeepers’ Union podcast.
“He has got a fantastic rapport with the players, the fans but he wants to be a winner and inevitably he might look at his pathway now and think ‘will I get that at Manchester United’ certainly at the moment they are still in the Champions League.
“But he sees other clubs getting bigger and stronger, it is becoming more competitive. And he is now 28, is coming into his prime years so it is understandable that he may be looking. But until somebody tells me he is leaving I think he will be fully committed.
“Long may David stay in the Premier League and long may he continue but you would understand why if he wants to win that ultimate prize. The one thing that’s missing is he wants to win that Champions League.
“Will he be gaining that at Manchester United? I hope he does I really do for the sake of the club because when you have been at somewhere like Manchester United you cannot stop being a supporter just when you leave it.
“So ideally I want him to stay and give great value to Manchester United and to the Premier League.”