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Peter Schmeichel urges Manchester United to get De Gea deal done

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Manchester United hero Peter Schmeichel has urged his former club to tie David de Gea down to a new lengthy contract, suggesting that it would send the right message to the fans.

De Gea’s future has found itself the subject of speculation this year, with his contract set to expire in 2016. A string of world-class performances - following on from him winning United’s Player of the Year award last season - have attracted strong interest from Real Madrid, and as a result his current club might struggle to keep hold of him.

Schmeichel opinion

According to Sky Sports Schmeichel, widely regarded as perhaps United’s greatest ever stopper and certainly one of the best the Premier League has seen, inferred that it was imperative De Gea signed a new contract at Old Trafford, suggesting that it could serve as a huge signal.

“It’s very important the club’s best players sign new contracts to send a signal.

"It’s very important the club’s best players sign new contracts to send a signal"

“It shows that they believe in the Manchester United project and believe the club will go back not only to the top of the Premier League but also European football.

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“If de Gea signs a new deal it would be a very big signal and I’m sure everyone who loves the club would love that. Fingers crossed he will sign another five-year contract.”

De Gea deal

Whether or not De Gea will sign a new deal remains to be seen, with the youngster having obvious ties to Madrid and Spain from his past there. At the moment he ranks amongst the most promising talents in Europe, meaning that Real’s interest in him isn’t going to drop anytime soon, and if United can’t secure Champions League football for next season he may have a valid reason to abandon the club.

Whether or not De Gea will sign a new deal remains to be seen, with the youngster having obvious ties to Madrid and Spain from his past there. At the moment he ranks amongst the most promising talents in Europe, meaning that Real’s interest in him isn’t going to drop anytime soon, and if United can’t secure Champions League football for next season he may have a valid reason to abandon the club.

Possible exit

That’s a scenario chiefs at Old Trafford will be desperate to prevent. De Gea has established himself as one of the most important and senior members of Louis van Gaal’s side, and keeping him at the club would indeed send a message out that the Red Devils have what it takes to retain players in the top bracket.

Yet in order to do that De Gea will have to agree to a proposal from his club, which he hasn’t done to date. The idea of losing him on a free transfer isn’t something United will entertain, and so as we inch forward towards this summer’s transfer window genuine worry will start to sink in.

If the market opens and he’s possessive of a contract with only a year to run other clubs will smell blood, and by that point United might not be sitting in the same position they are now. Going back to an earlier point qualification for the Champions League could be the deciding factor, as if De Gea isn’t going to be playing in Europe’s premier competition then he’ll almost certainly be able to have his head turned.

United fans, do you think there is a chance De Gea could leave the club? How important is it that he stays? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...

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