David de Gea has agreed to sign a six-year contract thought to be worth more than £110million with Manchester United.
De Gea, 28, received an offer from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and the Spaniard had a ‘reflective period’ to mull over his future following a woeful run of form in United’s run-in.
However, De Gea has finally decided to commit to United and is expected to sign a £375,000-a-week contract after the squad returns from Asia later this month.
Although De Gea’s wage hike has helped persuade him to stay, he has always put footballing decisions ahead of monetary motivations and believes he can still win silverware with United.
It is understood De Gea is grateful for the support he received from United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaerand his backroom coaching staff during what sources close to the Spain international described as the goalkeeper’s ‘lowest ebb’ at the end of last term.
De Gea also enjoys an excellent relationship with his goalkeeping coach and mentor Emilio Alvarez, who is the only surviving member of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff still at United.
Mourinho brought Alvarez into United in 2016 to secure De Gea’s future amid lingering interest from Real Madrid. Alvarez was recently joined by Richard Hartis in the United goalkeeping coaching department.
De Gea’s camp had hoped for an announcement on a new contract during pre-season last year but discussions became unexpectedly protracted and the fraught situation surrounding Mourinho, whom is also represented by De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes, had a knock-on effect.
Although De Gea has entered the last year of his existing deal United were always prepared to retain him beyond the summer window and risk running down his contract in an attempt to keep De Gea on a new long-term arrangement.
With De Gea’s renewal all but done, United are expected to sign off a season-long loan move to Sheffield United for fellow goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Henderson’s agent met with United head of corporate development Matt Judge earlier this week and, as the MEN previously revealed, Henderson’s loan could be accompanied by the announcement of a new United contract.
The 22-year-old was recalled for pre-season training at United’s Carrington training complex earlier this month and told to prepare for inclusion on the four-game pre-season tour of Australia and Asia.
Solskjaer is believed to have considered integrating Henderson into the first-team – with competition from Sergio Romero – had United reneged on their stance and sold De Gea in the window.
Henderson was eventually allowed to go on holiday amid optimism De Gea would extend his contract and Joel Pereira was promoted to the tour squad. Solskjaer suggested Henderson would link up with the United squad in Singapore but he did not fly out.
Academy graduate Henderson’s stock has soared over the last year. The England Under-21 international earned promotion to the Premier League with Sheffield United and keeping the most clean sheets in the Championship, and could be called up to the England senior squad this season.