Erik ten Hag wants David de Gea to extend contract at Manchester United
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is adamant that he counts on David de Gea for next season and wants the shot-stopper to extend his contract.
The Spain international’s existing deal with the Red Devils is set to expire at the end of the season. However, negotiations between the 32-year-old and the Old Trafford side are advancing as things stand.
Speaking to the media after the loss to West Ham United via The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell (h/t Fabrizio Romano on Twitter), Ten Hag is keen on keeping a hold of the veteran goalkeeper.
“We want David de Gea to stay here at Manchester United and we want him to extend his contract. We want him to be with us also next season.”
Man United took on the Hammers away from home on Sunday (7 May) in the Premier League. David Moyes’ team came out on top after a 27th-minute strike from Said Benrahma found the back of the net.
De Gea was at fault for the lone goal of the match as the Irons got the three points with a 1-0 victory. The Spaniard has had a mixed season in regards to his performances.
At the start of the campaign under the former Ajax head coach, the shot-stopper struggled. The gaffer evidently wants to play the ball out from the back, which the Spaniard does not look comfortable doing.
However, despite some of the veteran goalkeeper’s errors, he has pulled off some brilliant saves over the course of the season. Unfortunately, the mistakes could cost us at the end of the campaign.
Jack Butland and Tom Heaton are the ones backing up De Gea in the goalkeeping department. No disrespect, but the two English nationals are not up to the Red Devils’ standards.
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Therefore, the Spaniard is the best bet we have at our disposal for now. Replacing the 32-year-old, who has served as our number one for over a decade, will evidently require the club to spend a pretty penny.