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Why David de Gea is yet to sign new Manchester United contract

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Manchester United remain confident David de Gea will sign a new long-term contract despite the clubs chaotic start to the new season, Metro.co.uk understands.

Jose Mourinhos side narrowly beat Leicester a fortnight ago at Old Trafford amid a backdrop of speculation surrounding the future of Paul Pogba and a negative atmosphere generated by the managers pessimistic prediction that United were in for a difficult season.

United were subsequently beaten at Brighton for the second time in four months last weekend, a defeat which sparked a wave of fresh criticism ahead of Mondays crunch match with Tottenham.

Despite the negativity, Metro.co.uk understands De Gea is still keen to commit the peak years of his career to the club he joined seven years ago, although his representatives are pushing for him to be rewarded with a contract that befits his status as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

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The Spain internationals agents are angling for a deal worth £350,000-a-week which would make the 27-year-old the clubs highest earner, taking into account basic salary only.

Chelseas Kepa Arrizabalaga is currently the worlds most expensive goalkeeper at £73million

Jose Mourinho on David De Gea

He likes it here, we love him, we want him to stay, he wants to stay, so when a player is not in the market the value is zero.

A goalkeeper is a player and sometimes people forget that. A goalkeeper wins points and wins titles, so he is as important as another player.

Romelu Lukaku is currently the clubs top earner in that regard on £275,000-a-week, although Pogba and Alexis Sanchez both receive well in excess of that figure taking into account various bonuses and commercial tie-ins.

Metro.co.uk revealed last week that Pogba was due a loyalty bonus of £3.4m this month on the assumption he remains at United and fails to engineer a move to Barcelona before the August 31st transfer window deadline.

De Geas representatives are said to feel their clients value has increased as a result of the world record fees paid by Liverpool and then Chelsea for Alisson Becker and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Although there is no suggestion that De Gea would agitate for a move in the way that Thibaut Courtois did for force through his transfer to Real Madrid, his agents believe, were he on the market, he would command a fee in excess of the £73m Chelsea paid to trigger Kepas Athletic Bilbao release clause.

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