Manchester United are set to offer goalkeeper David de Gea a huge new contract after Jose Mourinho moved to reassure fans over the Spaniard's future.
De Gea has emerged as one of the absolute best goalkeepers in the world over the past few years, establishing himself as arguably the most important player in the United side.
That progress has come at a cost, of course, with Real Madrid having been engaged in a long-term pursuit of the keeper as their eventual successor to Iker Casillas.
A deal nearly went through at the end of the 2015 summer transfer window, only to infamously fall through at the last minute as paperwork failed to go through.
Nothing has gotten that far since, although Real have quite conspicuously never moved for another goalkeeper as speculation refuses to go away.
De Gea currently has one more year left on his contract, fuelling that speculation further as Real prepare to move.
But United and Mourinho are ready to put an end to things once and for all with a plan to keep the player around long-term.
The first stage of the plan is to activate an option that United put in De Gea's current contract when he signed it in 2015. That option allows the club to extend the deal for one more year, and Mourinho was quick to reassure fans that they wouldn't be complacent over their star keeper.
"The option, it’s obvious that we’re not going to let the option disappear,” said Mourinho.
“A goalkeeper like he is and obviously a club that wants to be better and better and better, we’re not going to let that year option go away. But obviously, we’re going to try.
“Mr Woodward is not on holiday. He barely has holidays. Of course, he’s going to try to give him a contract that keeps him here for much longer than that option that, of course, we’re going to execute.
“I don’t know if talks are already underway. I just trust the board and the work they do.
“I don’t negotiate players, I don’t discuss numbers and contracts. I just say what is obvious. Anyone of you would say the same – David is to keep.”
And the Mirror reports that United won't be taking any chances with that new contract.
The 27-year-old will be offered a huge £250,000-a-week in order to stick around at Old Trafford - a figure that will be very hard to turn down.
Real may have to keep looking elsewhere.
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