David de Gea's contract saga with Man Utd sparks 'wages pact' talks across Europe

David de Gea

Jose Mourinho dropped a bit of a bombshell when he revealed contract talks with David de Gea weren't going according to plan.

"I am not confident," Mourinho said when asked about the possibility of the Spanish goalkeeper extending his stay with the club.

"I cannot find the word in English, but let's see what happens. Only the club, David and his people can answer that.

"My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and, if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David."

If Manchester United were to lose the former Atletico Madrid man, it would truly be a devastating blow.

United are unwilling to meet his huge wage demands and it seems the contract saga has not gone down well across Europe.

According to The Sun, clubs across the continent are in 'secret talks' over a wage pact which would stop other teams poaching players who are attempting to hold their club to ransom.

One senior club executive told the paper: “Some of the salary demands by players and their agents are simply unsustainable.

“It cannot go on. A line has to be drawn. The people looking for a pay cheque need a reality check.”

De Gea in training

Clubs are wary that salary demands will continue to skyrocket if a realignment with regards to revenue isn't put in place.

The senior figure added: “Players and their agents will always agitate and they may want to move.

“But if there is some voluntary concept of self-regulation it means that the players and their agents may go looking for someone ready to meet their demands - and find they are simply not there.”

Whether it would work and people would be happy is another thing entirely, but it's interesting to note that such secret talks between clubs are taking place.

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