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Midway through an interview at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Perth on Manchester United’s pre-season tour last summer, David de Gea was asked about his contract situation and the possibility of ending his career at Old Trafford.
‘If it’s possible, of course,’ De Gea told us. ‘If they let me stay here, I will stay here, for sure.’
It was a curious response and one that seemed to imply the ball was in United’s court. It also goes some way to explaining why De Gea’s future is only about to be resolved 10 months later.
On one hand, we are talking about a man who is already assured of a place in the pantheon of goalkeeping greats at Old Trafford: a four-time player of the year for the club who is still in his prime at the age of 32.
De Gea beat Alex Stepney’s appearance record for a United keeper when he played against West Ham at the weekend. In February, he eclipsed Peter Schmeichel’s record of clean sheets, and leads the Premier League in shut-outs this season with 15.
David de Gea is set to sign a new contract at Manchester United - but it is a marriage of convenience
The goalkeeper made another error at the weekend - his fourth such mistake leading to a goal of the season
Negotiations have dragged on between the club and De Gea - a