The usually immaculate Guardian has sent shivers down the spines of Manchester United fans by stating that:
David de Gea, the established No1, is yet to renew terms that expire in summer 2015 although the club are relaxed about the Spaniard committing his long-term future despite reported interest from Real Madrid.
2015!? That would surely mean that Manchester United’s best player of the season is free to talk to other clubs about a pre-contract from January.
On further inspection, it seems that this is a mistake. The player’s contract, it would appear, actually runs until the summer of 2016.
This is still a dangerously short contract length for a world class player of 24 years of age. Manchester United invested heavily in this lad and had to sporadically suffer some dodgy displays in the short term. But now that they are beginning to reap the wonderful rewards it would be utter madness to let him go.
There will come a time, in the not too distant future, when Barcelona or Real Madrid make an offer for this lad – it’s almost inevitable when you consider their respective goalkeeping situations and the fact that De Gea will surely be the Spanish No.1 for the next decade.
If Manchester United have him tied down to a long term contract at that point then they will be in a position of power. Ideally, they will hold on to him. But if the player does get seduced by a return to La Liga, at least Manchester United will be able to command a fortune in fees.
But, right now, United appear to be in a very vulnerable position with regards David de Gea. Manchester United fans will hope for some positive news on his and Michael Carrick’s contracts sooner rather than later.
Let’s see the wonderboy in action.