Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea was reportedly hesitant to sign a new contract offered by Manchester United.
According to James Ducker of the Daily Telegraph, the Red Devils did not make much progress in their negotiations with De Gea, whose current contract will expire in 2020.
“De Gea is reluctant to commit to another contract when Manchester United play very badly on the pitch, and the Spanish goalkeeper can go with a free transfer at the end of next season, unless his club is forced to cash it before that,” the report read.
In the report it is said that Manchester United are ready to offer De Gea a weekly salary of 275,000 pounds, but the player wants to compete for the title in the peak years of his career.
Ducker noted that Juventus oversaw De Gea’s situation following the departure of Gianluigi Buffon last summer. In addition, several other clubs will also show their interest in the 28-year-old player if his contract extension is still not signed.
De Gea arrived at United in 2011 and during his time at Old Trafford, he has grown to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world. However, this season he has become part of the Red Devils defense which has conceded many goals.
De Gea has made some incredible saves this season, with an amazing save when stopping the chances of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League being one of the prominent moments.
The keeper remains one of the most consistent players in Jose Mourinho’s squad, and he continues to show a high standard of play in every season, including this season. However, the uncertain condition of Manchester United’s back line made De Gea often fail to keep the net clean.
Until now, Jose Mourinho does not seem to have a formula that is certain on the back line of his team. That makes Manchester United often difficult to record clean cheats in every match, and that has an effect on their points so far.