The Lowdown: De Gea under Ten Hag
De Gea has gone past 500 Manchester United appearances this season and has once again been first choice at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the campaign, although the club have the option to extend his stay by a further year.
The Latest: Plettenberg’s post
Plettenberg took to Twitter on Saturday to provide an update on De Gea. The Sky Sports reporter shared what he’s been ‘told’, revealing that the club are not currently considering activating a 12-month contract clause and that Ten Hag is open to signing a new number one.
He tweeted: “News De Gea: We‘ve been told that MUFC – at this stage – is not considering to pull his clause to extend for one more year. Ten Hag is open to get a new No. 1 but the player would like to stay beyond 2023. Current salary between €18-20m/year confirmed.”
The Verdict: Interesting…
Old Trafford officials may have something up their sleeve when it comes to a new goalkeeper, as it does seem surprising at this stage that they don’t want to cover themselves by keeping De Gea until 2024.
Martin Dubravka and Tom Heaton are the backup options available to Ten Hag, although you’d presume that at 33 and 36 respectively they are only viewed as cover, so the Red Devils will need a marquee addition if De Gea departs.
It will be an interesting situation to follow in 2023, but it wouldn’t come as a shock if the club were to eventually exercise the clause in De Gea’s contract.
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