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.
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— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) November 27, 2018
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.
“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.