Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has asserted the club won’t ignore the 12-month extension clause present in the contract of goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spain international has less than 18 months left on his existing deal, but the Red Devils could trigger a clause in his contract, which would prolong his stay until the summer of 2020.
Speaking prior to the Stoke City game, Mourinho confirmed that his side won’t waste the option of a year’s extension, though they would like to commit De Gea to a longer term. The Portuguese tactician added that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is looking into the player’s situation, and a contract offer could be made in the near future.
He told reporters, via Metro: “It’s obvious that we are not going to let the option [to extend his deal] disappear. 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.”
£200,000 a-week star has been groomed into one of the world’s best keepers during his seven-year stay at Old Trafford, and he has at times single-handedly helped the club attain valuable points in the Premier League. As per The Sun, United are considering the prospect of rewarding De Gea with a five-year deal, and this would potentially make him the club’s joint-highest earner alongside Paul Pogba.