Manchester United are reportedly close to committing goalkeeper David de Gea to a new long-term contract following months of speculation regarding the Spaniard’s future with the club.
The 28-year-old has been in a lengthy contract standoff with the Red Devils and that has presented doubts that he could leave the club on a free transfer when his existing deal expires at the end of the season.
However, according to The Guardian, it is now claimed the goalkeeper is prepared to commit his future to the Red Devils and he will soon be handed with a long-term deal on wages worth £290,000-a-week.
De Gea has been prone to making occasional goalkeeping mistakes over the past year and that has hampered him at the international level with Spain where Kepa Arrizabalaga has been regularly preferred ahead of him in goal.
Irrespective of this, he continues to remain the first-choice shot-stopper with the Red Devils and hopefully, the proposed bumper contract can provide him with the encouragement to improve on his performances between the sticks, which have been average over the past 12 months.
De Gea has kept a single clean sheet during the current league campaign and that came during the 4-0 triumph over Chelsea in the curtain-raiser. The Spaniard has since conceded four goals in the three games which have followed and he will be determined to keep a shutout this weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are scheduled to host Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.