De Gea Plays A Waiting Game
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has turned down a deal worth £275,000 a week to stay at the club. But any decision on his future may have to wait to the summer.
Spain international De Gea is out of contract at the end of this season although United are expected to trigger a clause in his current deal that will extend it to the end of the 2019-20 campaign.
De Gea has seen Alexis Sanchez join the club on a basic salary of £400,000 a week plus a further £75,000 for each game he plays.
But the Spaniard is playing a waiting game and Mourinho believes his agent Jorge Mendes won’t push him into signing a new contract.
“He wants to stay, of course, I want him to stay of course, he’s the level of player Manchester United needs,” Mourinho said after United’s last-gasp win over Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
“Manchester United needs the best players in the world, if we want to be Manchester United we need the best player in the world. We have the best goalkeeper in the world.
“Obviously, the manager wants him to stay, the board wants him to stay, David wants him to stay.
“His agent is not the kind of agent that is manipulative like others, his agent lets him think and decide by himself so the point is to agree the contract that the club wants to give and that the player wants to accept… and this is just my feeling, they are going to finish well.”
Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are both being linked with De Gea. He was a long-time target for Real Madrid but with their signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer that particular avenue has been closed of.
Reports on Friday claimed De Gea wanted to see if Jose Mourinho stays at the club before making his final decision. Mourinho will only be allowed to stay if the side qualify for the Champions League again next season. Any decision from De Gea may have to wait to the summer.