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David De Gea: What’s the hold up with Manchester United star’s new five-year contract?

David De Gea and Manchester United seem to have stalled on a new contract. The goalkeeper has one season left on his current Manchester United contract. Although there is a one-year option on the goalkeeper, Manchester United were reportedly ready to sign him to a new five-year contract in April. Despite his importance and manager Jose Mourinho saying he wouldn’t leave the club this summer, a new contract has not been officially announced by the club.

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David De Gea: Is there a new contract?

In early April, reports were rife that De Gea was ready to put his name on a new £350,00-per-week contract at Old Trafford.

Just weeks after reports that he would sign a new deal, the goalkeeper was said to be bemused that he hadn’t been given a deal despite reports in the English media.

In late April, journalist Duncan Castle stated:

“Talking to people close to De Gea this week, they say there has been no offer from Manchester United of a new contract, no discussion about a new contract of any note at this stage and there is a great level of frustration and bemusement that Manchester United are allowing De Gea’s situation to develop this way.

“He has one year left on his current deal, United have a unilateral option to extend for another year on top of that.

“But the feeling of De Gea and his camp is he should have an extension and should have a pay-rise which he merits for the quality of his play over the past couple of season and this season and they can’t believe United have allowed it to get to this stage without doing something about it.”

De Gea currently earns £200,000-a-week. The figure makes him the third highest paid player at the club behind Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba. If the goalkeeper gets the pay increase he desires, he would become the join-highest paid player alongside Sanchez.

Is David De Gea worth £350,000-a-week?

De Gea is already the world’s highest paid goalkeeper. His salary tops Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer by £70,000-a-week. The Spanish goalkeeper has proven to be well worth his salary this term as he has kept a league leading 17 clean sheets.

Since signing of Sanchez in January, the club’s stars have reportedly said they want pay rises. It is said Pogba wants to have his deal sweetened. The deal to bring Sanchez to the club could result in Manchester United’s pay scale increasing dramatically.

Should Manchester United break the bank to re-sign David De Gea?