Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has provided an update on how contract talks between him and the Red Devils are developing.
The 32-year-old, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011, is out of contract in the summer.
Although the former Atletico Madrid stopper is free to agree pre-contract terms with overseas clubs, United’s number one is focused on extending his stay at Old Trafford.
While there is the option of extending De Gea’s contract by a further 12 months inserted in his contract deal, the Red Devils are reportedly looking to re-sign the Spaniard on much lower terms given De Gea is the largest earner at the club, following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to The Mail, the twenty-time league champions are looking to bring in a ‘Ronaldo rule’ to ensure nobody in the Old Trafford dressing room is earning significantly more than any of their teammates.
The report states that salaries will be capped at £200,000-a-week, meaning De Gea would have to almost half his current £375,000-per-week deal to extend his stay at the Theatre of Dreams.
David de Gea issues 13-word update on contract talks with Manchester United
But the 45-time Spain international is confident that an agreement can be reached.
Speaking via BBC Sport, De Gea said: “We’re still talking. For sure it’s going to end in a good way.”
De Gea, who sits tenth in the club’s all-time appearance charts, has made 517 appearances for the Red Devils and he has registered 178 clean sheets during his time on M16.
He’s close to surpassing United legend Peter Schmeichel as the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets for the club.
The great Dane registered 180 clean sheets during his trophy-filled time at the club.
De Gea and Phil Jones are the only two remaining players from the last Manchester United side that lifted the Premier League trophy in 2013, which was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge before he retired.
Only Aaron Ramsdale (9) and Nick Pope (12) have registered more Premier League clean sheets than De Gea (8) during the current campaign.