Manchester United will be making the most important signing of the Louis van Gaal era if the club are able to convince David de Gea to commit his long-term future to the club, according to Harry Redknapp.
De Gea has been in quite spectacular form for Manchester United this season, producing numerous breathtaking performances, and has further established himself among the game’s elite goalkeepers.
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The Spain international is out of contract at the end of next season and, with Real Madrid credited with an interest in De Gea, Manchester United are prepared to pay £140,000-per-week to ensure he remains at Old Trafford.
Redknapp believes it is imperative that Manchester United retain the services of the 24-year-old, and claims keeping De Gea will prove more pivotal than any other acquisition made by Van Gaal.
“Louis van Gaal has already spent bucket loads of cash bringing some of the best talent in world football to Manchester United,” he told The Sun.
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“But in my book the most important - and crucial - signature of all is getting David De Gea’s name on a new contract at Old Trafford."
“Yes, it’s been great for United fans - and the Premier League as a whole, to be honest - to see superstars like Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao now playing in England.
“Yet for me it has been 24-year-old De Gea, along with skipper Wayne Rooney, who have been the two key figures in the first half of the season.”
While the contract remains unsigned there will continue to be speculation about De Gea’s future with Manchester United, and the arrival of Victor Valdes raised inevitable questions about the club’s prospects of keeping their No.1.
Van Gaal, though, maintains that Valdes has been recruited purely to provide support for De Gea, but it may be that the 32-year-old was something of a contingency signing.