Man Utd extend De Gea deal until 2020

Manchester United have exercised their right to extend David de Gea’s contract for an additional year, tying the Spain international to Old Trafford until 2020.

The Spaniard signed a new four-year contract in September 2015, just days after a proposed move to Real Madrid was scuppered on transfer deadline day.

And as has been recent club policy, United included the ability for them to add a further year to the goalkeeper’s deal to hold onto him until the end of the 2019-20 season.

There have been ongoing talks this season regarding a new long-term contract for the four-time Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, but with an agreement still yet to be found United have moved to secure the 28-year-old for a further 12 months.

While United’s decision to pick up their option was always expected to be a formality, De Gea would have been free to speak to foreign clubs regarding a potential summer 2019 transfer from as early as January 1 had the Red Devils not acted to confirm his stay for the extra year.

The hope now is that the two sides can agree a deal beyond 2020, with manager Jose Mourinho saying this week that United’s number one will sign for the longer term.

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“He’s a world-class player, he’s the best goalkeeper in the world and if our ambitions are to be a big club, to be a winning club, you need the best goalkeeper in the world and you need also some other players who are the best in the world,” Mourinho said after the 1-0 win over Young Boys on Tuesday.

“We have the best goalkeeper in the world and I know he wants to stay, I know his agent is happy to do what the player wants and I also know the board want him to stay and they are working on that so hopefully sooner or later they will reach a conclusion.”

The only stumbling block now appears to be a consensus on salary, with Alexis Sanchez’s arrival in January on a contract worth £390,000 a week having alerted De Gea’s camp to the possibility of a significant raise for their player.

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