David De Gea is set to commit his future to United before departing to Russia for the World Cup, according to reports.
The 27-year-old has consistently been linked with a switch to Real Madrid over the last three summers, but United have successfully held on to him each time.
Similar reports had once again surfaced, claiming that the shot-stopper had requested to leave after his side was knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla, but there appears to be yet another twist to the tale.
De Gea’s current contract with United expires next summer, but the Red Devils have the option to extend that by a further 12 months. They may not need that clause though, thanks to the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy.
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The legendary Swede had been earning a figure of £125,000-a-week during his stay at the club, and his departure has now opened a new door in negotiations over a new contract for De Gea.
According to The Sun, Zlatan’s move to the MLS now means that United have a name crossed off their payroll, and that creates the opportunity for the club to offer De Gea a massive pay rise.
The Spaniard currently earns around £210,000-a-week, and that is set to rise to around £350,000-a-week, making him the second highest paid player in the club’s history, behind January signing Alexis Sanchez, who earns a staggering £505,000-a-week.
De Gea is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment, and Jose Mourinho is desperate to hold on to him, as the Portuguese seeks to mount a serious title charge next season.
A United insider revealed: “The club want it sorted. It has to be done in their eyes. They want David to go to the World Cup and come back knowing everything is settled.
Zlatan leaving has freed up more wiggle room on wages and United don’t want to drag it out. They want to show the world that David won’t be leaving for anywhere. It’s a real statement.”
De Gea himself recently admitted that he feels a lot more loved and respected in England than he does in Spain.
Speaking during a press conference while on international duty with Spain, he said: “In England I have a great affection and respect that I do not notice so much here.”