Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he wants Manchester United to tie David de Gea down to a new long term contract.
The Spaniard has just 18 months remaining on his current deal, although the club do have an option to extend it by a further 12 months, an option that they will almost certainly take.
However, Mourinho confirmed that the club will open talks to extend the current deal beyond its current expiry, with The Mirror claiming they want to hand him a contract for life.
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Mourinho said:
“It’s obvious that we are not going to let the option [to extend his deal] disappear.
“A goalkeeper like he is, at a club that wants to be better and better and better – we are not going to let that option go away. We are going to try.
“[Executive vice-chairman] Mr Woodward is not on holiday – he barely has holidays – and of course he is going to try to give him a contract that keeps him here for much more than the option that, of course, we are going to execute.
“I don’t know if talks are already under way. 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.
Spanish Dave, as he is affectionately known, was close to returning to his native country back in 2015, when Real Madrid’s move was scuppered by the infamous ‘dodgy’ fax machine.
De Gea moved to Old Trafford back in 2011 and is one of United’s longest serving players, making 296 appearances for the club in all competitions. His fine form have seen him become the number one Spain goalkeeper, and is considered as one of the top two goalkeepers in the world alongside Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.