Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer has said that he thinks that goalkeeper David de Gea should sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
De Gea has a deal that runs to 2020 after United triggered a 12-month extension option on his contract in November.
There have been different indications from newspaper reports over the course of the season about how likely the Spanish international is to sign a new deal.
Recent stories suggest that De Gea is happy to use his teammate Alexis Sanchez’s £400,000-a-week deal to demand parity with the club’s highest earner. United are understood to be reluctant to meet his request.
However, there is interest from abroad with both Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain in the market for a world class goalkeeper, especially if he becomes available on a free transfer at the end of next season.
Solksjaer, however, thinks the 28-year-old human being should repay the faith in him in the early seasons after he joined from Atletico Madrid.
The Norwegian said:
”The club and David are in dialogue, hopefully they’ll agree, it’s out of my hands but I’m sure we’ll do what we can,” said Solskjaer.
“David has done fantastic since he came, the club really showed how much they wanted him back in the day when Eric and the gaffer found him.
“There were probably keepers out there who were better at that time. But the belief the manager showed in him [with] the criticism he got paid dividends.
“He’s been player of the year I don’t know how many years, four or five, we’re grateful to have him.
“Then again we’ve got Sergio and Lee, a fantastic goalkeeper department, I don’t think there’s any manager in the world who’ll beat me in that respect.”
The manager acknowledged just how important De Gea has been so far in his time with the club:
“It’s difficult to compare them but Edwin and Peter were never player of the year.
“David’s meant so many points for us over the years and I would say he’s the best goalkeeper in the world, Peter was at the time and Edwin at the time as well.
“I’m delighted with David and his personality is fantastic. Such a humble and confident boy.”