Manchester United relaxed over David de Gea's future

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Manchester United are confident David de Gea's long-term future lies at Old Trafford despite ongoing interest from Real Madrid, reports the BBC.

The Spanish goalkeeper is yet to sign an extension on his current contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2016. It leaves Manchester United in a vulnerable position should a new deal remain elusive.

Real Madrid appear to be waiting in the wings should De Gea choose to leave the Premier League club. Los Blancos are looking for a permanent replacement to an ageing Iker Casillas and De Gea, who has been tipped to succeed Casillas in the Spanish national team, is the first choice of president Florentino Perez.

big contract offer

Reports suggest that Manchester United have placed a huge contract worth £120,000-a-week on the table, but it remains unsigned. There has been no official confirmation from Old Trafford that talks have begun.

However, the report from the BBC says Manchester United officials remain "relaxed" about the situation. While Real Madrid is a tempting prospect, it appears Louis van Gaal is confident Manchester United is the place De Gea wants to be.

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Growing reputation

De Gea's reputation has grown exponentially this season, peaking after his outstanding display in Sunday's 3-0 victory over close rivals Liverpool. It was the latest in a number of impressive performances from the 24-year-old.

"David is important for us...his performances have been fantastic" - Wayne Rooney

After arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011 for a fee of £18.9 million, De Gea initially struggled to adapt to life in England. His poor form resulted in him being dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson for five games.

He has since developed into one of the finest goalkeepers in the world, justifying his standing as the Premier League's most expensive goalkeeper. He is also the third most expensive goalkeeper of all time behind only Manuel Neuer (£19m) and Gianluigi Buffon (£33m).

Captain's approval

"David is important for us," Wayne Rooney is quoted in the same report as saying. "His performances have been fantastic."

"To play in goal at Manchester United at 20 is difficult. We knew it might take time. But he worked on his game and it shows.

"He is not as tall as some other keepers but his spring and reach is really long. He is also more vocal now.

"Edwin van der Sar had the best years of his career with us when he was in his late 30s, so David has got a great future ahead of him."

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