Will they stay or will they go?


Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By CIARAN KELLY

DAVID de Gea’s camp re­main ‘op­ti­mistic’ he will sign a new con­tract with United.

The 27-year-old has en­tered the fi­nal year of his deal at Old Traf­ford but the Reds do have the op­tion of trig­ger­ing a one-year ex­ten­sion - and that ap­pears a mere for­mal­ity.

In­deed, United have never been more con­fi­dent of ty­ing their No.1 down be­yond that af­ter long-time suit­ors Real Madrid com­pleted the sign­ing of Thibaut Cour­tois in the sum­mer.

The key now is prov­ing to De Gea the club can still match his am­bi­tions in his peak years.

M.E.N. Sport un­der­stands both camps re­main ‘op­ti­mistic’ a new deal will fi­nally be agreed and De Gea has again been moved by the sup­port of United, ‘es­pe­cially the fans’, fol­low­ing a tur­bu­lent World Cup.

De Gea’s part­ner of eight years, Edurne, has moved to Manch­ester and the keeper said he was ‘re­ally happy’ at United just last month.

“I feel we love this club, the fans, all the peo­ple who work for this club, so I’m re­ally happy to be at this club,” he said.

“It’s one of the best clubs in the world so, for me, it’s re­ally good to be part of this club.”

De Gea came per­ilously close to join­ing Madrid on dead­line day in 2015 af­ter sit­ting out the first six games of the sea­son, but was handed a huge ova­tion by the United fans on his re­turn to the start­ing line-up.

The four-time Sir Matt Busby player of the year win­ner re­mains an im­mensely pop­u­lar fig­ure with sup­port­ers and they gave him a great re­cep­tion when he re­turned to Old Traf­ford af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing World Cup with Spain.

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