Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to tie David De Gea down to a new contract “as soon as possible” so that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can build a title-challenging team.
United are said to have triggered a one-year extension in De Gea’s current deal, meaning he will be out of contract at the end of next season unless fresh terms are agreed.
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- De Gea signed a new four-year contract with United in the summer of 2015.
- The Red Devils included a one-year extension option in that deal which they are strongly believed to have triggered.
- In the past, De Gea has been linked with Real Madrid but the La Liga giants signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last summer.
- However, Courtois has struggled at Madrid, who are reportedly still keen on De Gea.
- United fans now face an anxious wait to see if De Gea will signed another new contract.
Appearing on BT Sport ahead of United’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona, Ferdinand insisted his former club must prioritise renewing De Gea’s contract.
“I think they need to get that bit of business done as soon as possible,” Ferdinand said.
“The last few years he’s been the best goalkeeper on the planet. “If you’re going to try and build a title-challenging team, you get the foundations right, and he’s right in the mix of that foundation that you need to sort out.”
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Hargreaves: De Gea could be performing better
Owen Hargreaves and Henrik Larsson – two more ex-United players – were also guests in the BT Sport studio.
Both agreed with Ferdinand, although Hargreaves suggested De Gea’s level of performance hasn’t been up to scratch of late.
“Even by his standards, he’d probably say he hasn’t [recently] been at the level that he’s reached,” Hargreaves said.
Larsson added: “Every team needs a great goalkeeper and he’s a great goalkeeper.”