David De Gea is poised to sign a new deal at Manchester United in what will be a huge boost for Jose Mourinho’s outfit and a massive blow for suitors Real Madrid.
And as the news breaks that the Spain keeper is ready to commit his future to the Old Trafford cause, former Red Devils custodian Edwin van der Sar says the United No.1 can get even better.
De Gea is currently in Russia with the Spain squad for this summer’s FIFA World Cup and whilst talking about the World Cup why not take the opportunity to visit our friends at footyaccumulators. De Gea as everyone knows has long been courted by Madrid yet reports suggest he will rebuff their advances and put pen to paper on an extension of his contract at the Theatre of Dreams.
De Gea was quizzed about his future earlier week. And although he was not exactly definitive about his consideration of Madrid, it was clear he wanted to have a say in United’s future.
He said: “I don’t think Madrid president Florentino Pérez has my number. I don’t know if I’ll be the goalkeeper at Real Madrid. What I do know is that I’m very happy in Manchester. What I want is to win titles, like every other player.
“There’s no lacking in winning titles at United — we have to improve. We are a big club, we are not here to take second place. We have to improve and make this club great.”
Van der Sar says De Gea has exceeded expectations and more than lived up to his potential — and that he can be even more influential as part of Mourinho’s rear guard as he ages.
He said: “I couldn’t imagine how well he has done. He was a very young goalkeeper when he came, replacing me, but he and also the coaches have put in a lot of work to make him the keeper he is now. He is performing really well.
“The next step is to be more demanding from his defenders and also to play a little bit more out of his goal but in terms of his reaction saves — nobody makes better saves than De Gea.
“Yes, these are areas he can work on but he’s 28 later this year and I was 34 when I came to United. So, he still has a lot of time to improve and the level he has now is an immense high.
“Maybe he can find another thing to add to his game and the goalkeeping coaches find another thing to work on to set himself as the proper No.1 in the world.”
Meanwhile, it has emerged that United are still to finish the paperwork on the contract for new boy Fred, despite a reported £52million deal for the Brazilian star. Mourinho moved swiftly to land the midfielder before the start of the World Cup. To keep up with all the latest football predictions why not visit FootyAccums’ for all the latest tips.
Fred seemed to have sealed the deal by passing a medical before jetting to meet with the rest of the Brazil squad. But supporters have asked about the delay in making the move from Shakhtar Donetsk official. It is understood to be a small matter of red tape and that the transfer isn’t in jeopardy.