Tying down David de Gea on a long-term deal is a top priority for Jose Mourinho as he juggles the urgent need to turn around Manchester United’s fortunes with longer-term aims.
The club have completed the formality of activating a contract extension for the Spaniard, who joined them in 2011 and has won the United fans’ player of the year award in four of the past five seasons.
He will be in the side that Mourinho takes to struggling Southampton in the Premier League this weekend after another dazzling display in the Champions League against Young Boys.
United’s nervy 1-0 win against the Swiss side sealed a placed in the knockout phase – thanks partly to a wonder save from De Gea – but they are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League and in real danger of not qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
For all of United’s well-publicised troubles with high-profile stars such as Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, the form of De Gea has been magnificent for the club.
That has seen reports resurface that he could be set for a move away from Old Trafford, with Juventus emerging as rumoured suitors for the 28-year-old’s services.
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