David de Gea is likely to agree a new long-term contract with Manchester United after Real Madrid cooled their interest in the goalkeeper, reports The Mirror.
The Spain international has just 16 months remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford and is still thought to be someway away from an agreement. The problem is not money; Manchester United are offering him a deal worth £200,000-a-week, which would make him the best paid goalkeeper in the world.
However, interest from Real Madrid is believed to be holding things up. De Gea is understandably tempted by the prospect of replacing Iker Casillas in the Bernabeu goal.
Back in form
Casillas is coming to the end of a glorious career with Los Blancos and Florentino Perez saw De Gea, still only 24-years-old, as the perfect successor. If De Gea refused to sign a new deal until the summer transfer window, they would have been able to sign him for below market value or even sign him for free in 2016.
Now Carlo Ancelotti is believed to have moved on from De Gea and is ready to keep Casillas as his first choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future. The 33-year-old had lost his place under Jose Mourinho and for some time under Ancelotti, but he has since rekindled his best form.
Best possible news
That is the best possible news for Manchester United, who were facing up to the prospect of selling their best performing player. Now De Gea is likely to commit his long-term future to Old Trafford and help Louis van Gaal re-establish the Red Devils as a title-winning team.
Manchester United have been underwhelming this season with big names like Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie failing to impress. However, De Gea has been the rock in the tempest and is now key to their top four chances.
Should he sign?
Manchester United is not the best place to be at this moment in time, especially for a world-class performer like De Gea. Van Gaal appears to be a short-term option as manager and a period of chronic transition will be extended if they fail to make the top four.
But as Ed Woodward keeps reminding us, Manchester United's financial strength is bound to supercharge their ascent back to the top of the Premier League. De Gea will be paid more at Old Trafford than anywhere else in the world and does not have to worry about being replaced.
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