After quite some time speculating on the future of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, it looks like Manchester United have secured their talisman. Links to Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have hung around for some time, but it appears that he has decided to stick around in Manchester and at Old Trafford.
The club had the opportunity to extend his deal by another year. Given that his contract was to run out at the end of the season, this offers United leverage if they did choose to sell him. Instead of losing a world-class asset for nothing, United now can sell him in the summer for the fee a player of that quality would deserve.
However, don’t rule him out signing a new deal again. This could be dependent on whether or not United make the Champions League again, or whether or not they can lift a trophy and return to winning ways. With his outstanding form for United since his arrival in 2011, de Gea would likely have many suitors from across the globe vying for his signature.
While he’s never been the best at catching crosses, de Gea is a specialist in making reactionary saves that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. For United fans, he’s one of the main reasons they still compete and to lose him would be a major blow. With reports that de Gea would be keen to stick around if certain conditions are met, though, United fans can probably relax about his medium-term future.
More of the same next season, though, could finally be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.