Away from reports linking Arsenal’s forward Alexis Sanchesz to Old Trafford, Spain shot stopper David de Gea is set to be offered a new contract at Manchester United.
The sensational goalkeeper contract with the Red Devils expires next year but United are already making plans to exercise the one-year option in his contract.
However, Jose Mourinho expects the one-year clause to be formality but also anticipate United offering the talented star a fresh long-term contract to fend off renew interest from Real Madrid.
The 27-year old goal has been earmarked by Real Madrid as their prime target next season. The European are currently 19 points behind rival and league leader Barcelona in the La Liga table and are keen on having an overhaul of their squad next summer.
A list of players including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and de Dea are currently topping their wish list.
The former Atletico Madrid player is currently one of the finest goalies in the world and has been on fine form for the Red Devils this season.
His explosive performances this season has led Pundits, team mates and fans calling him the best goalkeeper in the world.
Speaking to the press ahead of Manchester United game against Stoke City on Monday night, Jose Mourinho admits plans are on-going to offer a fresh long term contract to de Gea.
“It’s obvious that we are not going to let the option [to extend his deal] disappear,” Mourinho told reporters at his press conference on Friday.
“A goalkeeper like he is, at a club that wants to be better and better and better – we are not going to let that option go away. We are going to try.
“[Executive vice-chairman] Mr Woodward is not on holiday – he barely has holidays – and of course he is going to try to give him a contract that keeps him here for much more than the option that, of course, we are going to execute.”
Asked if talks were already under way for a fresh contract for the Spaniard, Mourinho said:
“I don’t know,” the boss replied. “I just trust the board and the work they do. I don’t negotiate players; I don’t discuss numbers and contracts.
“I just say what is obvious and any one of you would say the same: David is to keep.”
The shot stopper is was in goal post last night when United defeated Stoke City by 3-0.