According to Manchester Evening News, David De Gea has agreed on a new five-year deal with Manchester United. This comes as a major step for Manchester United in making sure the Spain international does not move to Real Madrid.
Links between the European champions and De Gea have never cooled down since the goalkeeper almost joined Real in 2015, only for the deal to collapse on the deadline day.
The new five-year-deal, however, should end persistent rumours linking De Gea with Real Madrid after President Florentino Perez reportedly had accepted that it would cost a mammoth fee of £100million to lure the goalkeeper away to Bernabeu.
After a move to Real Madrid collapsed on the deadline day of the summer transfer window in 2015, De Gea signed a new four-year contract with the option of a further 12 months under former manager Louis van Gaal. Since then, the Red Devils have always maintained their stance of not selling their prized asset.
De Gea, 27, has established himself as arguably the best goalkeeper on the planet. The Spaniard featured in 37 league games for United last season, conceding only 28 goals, and kept 18 clean sheets that saw him win the Golden Glove award.
Earlier this week, the Spanish goalkeeper was asked about his future to which he told El Partidazo de Cope:
“I don’t think Florentino Perez has my number. I don’t know if I’ll be the goalkeeper at Real Madrid.” (h/t Manchester Evening News)
“What I do know is that I’m very happy in Manchester. What I want is to win titles, like every other player.
“There’s no lacking in winning titles there (United) – we have to improve. We are a big club, we are not here to take second place. We have to improve and make this club great.”
United already have had a busy summer window so far, with the club signing Diogo Dalot from FC Porto and agreeing on a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for Fred. Securing the future of De Gea, United’s best player in the past few years, is the best thing Jose Mourinho has done ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.