United Agree Deal To Stop Star Player From Leaving The Club At The End Of The Season

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward before the match.

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David De Gea has been the subject of much criticism as of late. For country, the Spaniard hasn’t been in the finest of form, leading to speculation that he may not be the obvious option for the goalkeeper’s spot in the future.

For Manchester United, it is the goals he has conceded that are being highlighted as indicative of a drop in quality. In this case, a stronger argument can be made of the United defense often placing him in a spot where even the most acrobatic of saves wouldn’t do the trick.

However, during his brilliant save against Young Boys in the Champions League, De Gea yet again proved why United value him so much. With the game ending 1-0 to the Red Devils, it goes without saying that the Spaniard’s antics single-handedly saved them points.

Now, a big decision may have been taken with regard to his contract.

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According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have activated the one-year-extension clause in De Gea’s contract, which will keep him at Old Trafford beyond the initial expiry date of the end of this season.

While this deal can be rejoiced about for now, it is indicative of a bigger problem. The Mancunian outfit has been unable to agree to terms of a new contract with the shot-stopper, leading them to trigger the clause instead.

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The 28-year-old could have been free to negotiate with foreign clubs in January itself under the prior deal. This is clearly something United wished to avoid, what with the likes of PSG and Juventus looking ever eager to swoop in for his signature.

With this move, the club will get more time to negotiate a long-term deal, and will be saved from the awkward decision of choosing between either selling him now or releasing him for free at the end of his tenure.

But is this a problem solved, or a dilemma extended?