Erik ten Hag confirms no decision yet on contract extension of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that the club have not made a decision yet on extending the contract of David de Gea. The Spaniard is in the final year of his deal at the Old Trafford side.
De Gea has been the first choice under the Dutch manager this season. Recently, the 31-year-old made his 500th appearance for Man United in all competitions after featuring against Newcastle United in a 0-0 draw.
Speaking to the media via the Metro, Ten Hag admitted that Man United have not determined whether to extend De Gea’s stay. However, the Dutch manager is content with the Spaniard and a decision regarding his future in Manchester will be made in the winter.
“We didn’t make a decision on him but what I can say is I’m really happy with David De Gea as a ‘keeper’.
“I can cooperate really well with him but first we go to the winter and then we will talk about how we deal with situations.”
De Gea signed for Man United in the summer of 2011 from Atletico Madrid. It took a bit of time for the 31-year-old to settle into the team. But eventually, the Spaniard became one of our most important players.
There was a period when fans hailed De Gea as the best goalkeeper in the game. However, after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the shot-stopper seemed to have lost his confidence.
The 31-year-old made a number of errors which led to questions about his future in Manchester. And the arrival of Dean Henderson from his loan in the 2020/21 campaign seemingly signalled an end to the Spaniard’s number-one spot.
However, De Gea has managed to rise above all the criticism and get back to his best. Last season, the 31-year-old made a number of critical point-saving saves. And he has continued doing the same this campaign.
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As good as De Gea is as a shot-stopper, his distribution leaves a lot to be desired. And with Ten Hag evidently wanting the team to play out from the back more often, it remains to be seen what the future holds for the Spaniard.