Why Manchester United havent triggered 12-month extension clause in David De Geas contract
Manchester United are yet to trigger a 12-month extension clause in David De Geas contract as they fear it could ultimately pave the way for him to leave Old Trafford, Metro.co.uk understands.
The 28-year-old, who has been named Uniteds Player of the Year in four out of the last five seasons, is out of contract at the end of the season.
United had been confident of agreeing a new long-term deal with De Gea after opening negotiations with his representatives at the start of the year.
However, Uniteds patchy form – combined with the uncertainty over Jose Mourinhos position – has forced De Gea into re-thinking his future at the Theatre of Dreams.
Mourinho is desperate to keep De Gea but he recently reneged on previous statements about the Spaniards future by revealing he was not confident he would sign a new deal to stay at the club.
With such uncertainty hanging over the future of their most prized asset, United have the option of extending De Geas stay at the club by triggering a 12-month extension clause in his contract.
However, Metro.co.uk understands the club view such an option as an acceptance of defeat in their bid to convince De Gea to sign a new, longer deal.
The Red Devils fear that, given they were so hopeful of De Gea signing a new deal in August, triggering the extension now would expose the fact that they havent convinced the former Atletico Madrid star to stay.
Juventus have been heavily linked with a move for De Gea and United are aware that a failure to tie the Spaniard down to a new long-term deal would alert clubs from across Europe.
United will leave a decision on De Geas extension until late December when, if theyre yet to reach an agreement over a new contract, theyll be forced into triggering the clause as hed be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with suitors in January.
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The Red Devils are willing to make De Gea the second highest paid player at Old Trafford behind Alexis Sanchez but money is not the issue.
De Gea was keen on leaving United in 2015 but saw his dream move to Real Madrid fall through on deadline day. The Spaniard signed a new deal with United a fortnight later but watched on as the La Liga giants won three consecutive Champions League titles.
The 28-year-old is acutely aware that his next contract is likely to be the biggest – and arguably most important – in his career.
Juventus would jump at the chance to sign De Gea on a free transfer at the end of his contract as they eye a replacement for Wojciech Szczesny, while Paris Saint-Germain are likely to get another 18 months out of Gianluigi Buffon.