De Gea ‘agrees’ new Man Utd contract as hope emerges over new number one
David de Gea is reported to have agreed a new contract at Manchester United, pending an announcement.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has ‘agreed’ a new contract at Manchester United, report The Telegraph.
The newspaper report: “The framework of a deal – with lower basic salary and incentives for matches played and performances in competitions,” has been agreed and just needs to be signed off by the club.
De Gea’s current contract is set to expire this summer. His form has been under scrutiny in recent weeks, with an error costing United at the weekend.
Hope over a new number one
David de Gea is not being guaranteed a number one spot, The Telegraph report. And intriguingly, the same report has an update on David Raya’s situation at Brentford.
David Raya is one of Manchester United’s contenders to provide competition for De Gea; he has already displaced him in the Spain squad.
It is reported that Brentford have begun negotiations to sign Raya’s replacement, Freiburg goalkeeper Mark Flekken.
Raya’s contract expires in 2024 and Brentford are expected to cash in. He would be reasonably priced due to his contract.
David de Gea new: Verdict
News of David de Gea’s new deal comes as a disappointment. For all the service he has provided to the club over the years, it simply feels like it is time to move on.
De Gea is not a well rounded goalkeeper, distribution and claiming crosses are weak areas of his game, and his shot stopping ability can vary, as seen with his error against West Ham at the weekend.
I personally feel that United should release De Gea this summer and cut the cord. It would be wrong to extend his deal simply because other areas of the squad need addressing too.
Signing a new world class goalkeeper was one of the key steps Liverpool and Manchester City made to reach the next level, and Erik ten Hag risks making a major mistake if he relies on De Gea to be his future number one.
If De Gea is content to be a back-up, that’s fine, but this may cause as many problems as it solves.
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