Manchester United not likely to extend 32-year-old defensive ace’s contract

Manchester United not considering extending contract of goalkeeper David de Gea

Manchester United are not considering extending the contract of goalkeeper David de Gea, according to Sky Sports reporter Florian Plettenberg on Twitter.

The Spain international’s existing deal, with a salary between €18–20 million per year, expires at the end of the campaign. However, the Red Devils have the option to extend his stay by a further season.

While the 32-year-old is keen to stay at the club beyond 2023, the Old Trafford side have different plans. Erik ten Hag is willing to get a new number one to replace the shot-stopper.

De Gea signed for United in the summer of 2011 from Atletico Madrid to replace the great Edwin van der Sar. Initially, the Spaniard faltered a bit at the Old Trafford side.

However, soon, he turned into one of the best goalkeepers in the world. After the 2013/14 campaign, the 32-year-old became the first goalkeeper to win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.

De Gea went on to win the honour three times in a row. He became the first player to achieve that feat at United. However, while there have been ups in the Spaniard’s career in Manchester, there have also been downs.

Manchester United not considering extending contract of goalkeeper David de Gea.
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After the 2018 World Cup with Spain, the shot-stopper seemed to lose his confidence. The 32-year-old made a few errors at the tournament in Russia. Unfortunately, he found it hard at the club level after that as well.

De Gea had a few bad seasons at the Old Trafford side. There was a point where it seemed the Spaniard’s time at the club was nearing its end. Dean Henderson looked to be poised to take over from the former Atletico star.

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However, the 32-year-old has shown his qualities over the years. However, with a new manager in the dugout seemingly wanting to play a different style, it remains to be seen whether the shot-stopper remains at the club beyond the current campaign.