Mourinho confident de Gea will sign new contract

MANCHESTER – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday he is confident Spanish international goalkeeper David de Gea will sign a new deal linking him long-term to Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old de Gea’s long-term future at the club is filled with uncertainty, despite the media reports, the club this week activated an option to extend his contract every year, meaning he could be signed until 2020.

“He wants to stay, and I want him to stay of course,” Mourinho said at Friday’s press conference.

“He’s the level of player Manchester United needs.

“Manchester United needs the best players in the world.

“The manager wants him to stay, the board wants him to stay, David wants to stay, and his agent (Jorge Mendes) wants the player to do what he thinks is right.”

Mourinho said Mendes, de Gea agent, unlike some players’ representatives lets his client have genuine input into the contract talks.

“He is not the kind of agent who is manipulative like others,” said Mourinho.

“His agent lets him think and decide by himself so the point is to agree the contract and that’s just my feeling, they are going to finish well.”

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