- Man Utd hopeful of securing long-term, lucrative deal for David De Gea
- Spaniard has grown into hugely influential role at Old Trafford
- Real Madrid continue to be paired with an interest in signing him
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Given his form in recent seasons, Man Utd goalkeeper David De Gea has firmly established himself as one of the best in his position in Europe.
The Spaniard endured an indifferent start to life at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, as after his arrival from Atletico Madrid, there were still question marks hanging over him and he was in and out of the team.
However, he has gone from strength to strength since then, establishing himself as a fundamental piece in the United team and reports of a new contract come as no surprise.
According to The Mirror, the Red Devils want to to keep De Gea at the club until the end of his career, and in turn are willing to offer him a reported £250,000-a-week deal to make that happen.
That would be a £60,000-a-week wage hike compared to what he currently earns, as per the report, and so financially, it’s a significant difference for him.
Nevertheless, it may come down to more factors than that, as he’ll undoubtedly want to see his quality performances help end in silverware, with Man Utd pushing to win major honours under Jose Mourinho.
While the Premier League title may be beyond them this season as they sit 15 points adrift of rivals Man City, moving forward, if the right moves are made they’ll feel confident about their chances of challenging.
Keeping De Gea will be crucial in doing that though as they can’t lose such top-class individuals, as with the Mirror noting that Real Madrid remain long-term admirers of the Spanish international, this new deal could finally put an end to speculation linking him with an exit which will be music to the ears of the Man Utd faithful.