According to reports, David de Gea, the keeper for Manchester United, declined a preliminary contract offer that contained lower pay. After the current campaign, the Spaniard’s contract will expire. The Athletic claims that the Red Devils have a one-year extension provision but are unlikely to exercise it. Instead, United wants to settle on an extension, and negotiations will continue.
De Gea, 32, is urged by Manchester United to sign an extension with a pay cut. With a weekly salary of £375,000, he is now the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world and the highest-paid player at Old Trafford.
De Gea is practising playing out from the back under Erik ten Hag
De Gea reportedly thinks he’s still key in Erik ten Hag’s team. This season, the Spanish goalkeeper has played 42 games across all competitions and recorded 18 clean sheets. He joined the team from Atletico Madrid in 2011, making him the player with the longest tenure with the club.
Ten Hag supports De Gea as his long-term first-choice goalkeeper, and Manchester United wants him to stay with the team. He has been one of the Red Devils’ top players despite some questionable outings, making some significant saves. De Gea is practising playing out from the back under the Dutch coach since Ten Hag is known for preferring his goalkeepers to do so. Although the team wants him to stay, the Spaniard knows he must accept a pay cut.
When De Gea signed his contract in 2019, he had bargaining power. Alexis Sanchez was given a contract of £400,000 a week when he joined Old Trafford. The Spanish keeper was the sole No. 1 for Manchester United at the time. If De Gea does depart in the summer, the Red Devils appear to have looked for successors. David Raya of Brentford has been on Ten Hag’s radar due to a strong campaign at the Gtech Community Stadium. In 28 games, he has kept nine clean sheets.