Manchester United’s Player of the Year in four of the last five seasons is goalkeeper David De Gea. No other Man Utd goalkeeper, not even Edwin van der Sar or Peter Schmeichel, has ever claimed this award. As De Gea’s performance rose to be considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so did the speculation that he might be leaving. This speculation will obviously dip when he signs a brand-new contract, but the fact that he might eventually leave is never far away.
David De Gea’s Contract
At 27 years of age, David De Gea has made 325 appearances for Manchester United in a total of seven, and the fact that he hasn’t signed a new contract as of yet means that he won’t be at Man Utd in 2019. If De Gea doesn’t sign a new contract, Man Utd will exercise the option to prolong his current agreement to 12 months. Manchester United will need to protect itself by avoiding De Gea to leave for free in 2019. They also need to ensure that he doesn’t leave in 2020 for free, especially due to the fact that goalkeepers are starting to attract a premium.
Factors in Man Utd’s Favour
There are actually two factors that will help swing the situation in Manchester’s favour. One is the stability and support De Gea receives at Manchester United since he joined the squad, a club that has never pushed him or messed him around like Atletico Madrid once did against the goalkeeper’s wishes. De Gea fully understands that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and he once stated that is feels really loved at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho also stated that feels that De Gea would sign a brand-new contract really soon.
Fans of Manchester United have backed him for a long time, even when they thought De Gea would leave the club to join Real Madrid in early 2015. Manchester United expected fans to turn on him in the final matches on the season, but they instead applauded him. Manchester United also supported De Gea during the early months he spent in England which is something David De Gea has never forgotten. He also hasn’t been attacked by the media in England, leading a tranquil life which he truly enjoys in Manchester. However, in Spain De Gea is a frequent fixture when it comes to gossip due to the fact that his partner is a pop star.
Should David De Gea feel that Manchester United is on their way back to the top, where he can challenge the best, he will undoubtedly sign a new contract in January 2019. However, if this doesn’t occur and he sees his close friends Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata depart, he’ll still stay with Man Utd. Manchester United are extremely fortunate to have David De Gea as goalkeeper. However, he needs to decide if he wants to leave England and join another club or remain at the club to see how everything turns out. One thing is for sure, he has the time to decide.