Date: 20th August 2018 at 6:38pm
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Spain international goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly close to signing a new long-term contract at Manchester United, according to the Mirror.

The Premier League club, who suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon, are set to reward their super shot stopper with a new £200,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old, who has 33 international caps for his country, has played 90 minutes in each of The Red Devils’ two league games, conceding four goals in the process.

De Gea, who arrived at The Theatre of Dreams back in June 2011 following his reported £18.9m move from La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid, has kept 118 clean sheets in 317 appearances in all competitions for United overall.

The report suggests the Spanish ‘keeper is close to putting pen to paper on a bumper new £200,000-a-week contract at the club.

Real Madrid had been continuously linked with a mega money move for their country’s number one goalkeeper over the last few years, but opted to sign Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois instead in a deal worth up to £35m earlier this month to end all speculation of the Spaniard leaving Old Trafford this summer.

Manchester United’s David de Gea.

Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho said, “David is a Manchester United player, he will sign a new contract as soon as possible, he likes it here.

“We love him, we want him to stay. He wants to stay. The player was always keen to stay and happy to stay.

“The club understood how important he was and was always trying to give him the conditions to make him happy, so credit to all three.”

The ‘Special One’ continued, “Is David the best in the world? My goalkeeper is always the best goalkeeper in the world.

“I said that to my goalkeeper when I was coaching Uniao Leiria, a small club in Portugal.

“My goalkeeper is always the best in the world, but you understand what I mean.

“I don’t want to be called disrespectful or arrogant and say that Courtois is not good or Manuel Neuer is not good. There are so many.”

De Gea is currently contracted at United until June 2019, and is valued at £63m.

Written by Dan Church

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