Balague believes De Gea may leave Man Utd

by Ben Topliss

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Manchester United’s David de Gea will sign a new contract at Old Trafford but doesn’t believe he will stay at the club in the long-term.

De Gea has been heavily linked with Real Madrid in recent months and the fact that the Spaniard is yet to sign a new deal has been a source of worry for United fans.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the situation regarding De Gea’s future, Balague said: “He is negotiating a new deal with Manchester United and that seems to be the priority now.

“So I think he will sign a new contract and become the best-paid goalkeeper in the world, ahead of [Madrid’s Iker] Casillas perhaps.

“But that does not mean he will stay at Manchester United though, because it is quite clear that both Valdes and De Gea’s finish their contracts at the same time in a year and a half.

“And it is very clear that Real Madrid want De Gea. Now the problem is that Real Madrid will have to convince Manchester United to sell, and that is the second part of the story.”

Many observers the acquisition of Victor Valdes may signalled the end of De Gea’s time in between the sticks for United. However, if the 32-year-old was in fact signed as De Gea’s replacement, Louis van Gaal would more than likely have offered him a longer contract than the 18 months he was given. The former Barcelona man is also yet to feature for United’s first team, with De Gea continuing as the club’s no.1 keeper.

Recent reports have suggested that United have ‘accelerated’ contract talks with the 24-year-old but the club’s fans will be anxious about the situation right up until he signs on the dotted line. De Gea has undoubtedly been the best performer for Man United this season and has developed into a world-class goalkeeper since moving to the club in 2011.

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