Reports: David de Gea set for contract extension at Manchester United as Real cool their interest
Real Madrid have reportedly cooled their interest in Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, leaving the door wide open for Manchester United to tie down their highly-rated keeper to a long time contract. Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that he is happy with his goalkeeping options.
Real had reportedly been monitoring De Gea's progress at Old Trafford closely, with the keeper drawing attention with his outstanding displays for United this season.
The Red Devils have previously made their intention clear to retain the keeper by offering him an improved contract. But Madrid's interest was thought to have been a huge stumbling block as the Spanish keeper was reportedly keen on a return to his home country.
However, Los Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti has apparently informed the management that he is happy with his existing goalkeeping options of Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas and that a move for De Gea was not a priority for Real.
The news hands a huge boost to United’s hope of extending the 24-year-old’s stay in England. His current contract runs out at the end of next season.
Peter Schmeichel: De Gea contract important for United
United goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel has said that extending De Gea’s contract would be a signal of intent on the part of United, who have endured a difficult time since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson 18 months back.
He said, “It's very important the club's best players sign new contracts to send a signal. It shows that they believe in the Manchester United project and believe the club will go back not only to the top of the Premier League but also European football.”