David de Gea says he is happy at Manchester United
Despite reportedly rejecting a contract offer from Manchester United, David de Gea has insisted he is content at the club.
The Spaniard, who is nearing the end of his current contract, reportedly turned down the club’s initial offer of new terms earlier this week, according to reports.
De Gea, one of the club’s highest-paid players, reportedly earns £375,000 per week, and United are eager to lower that figure as they look to more fairly compensate their squad after years of chronic overspending.
Despite the reports, De Gea has stated that he is content in the north-west, emphasizing his affection for the club he joined as a wide-eyed youngster under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I’ve been here for a long time, enjoying every moment in this club and playing a lot of games,” De Gea told Sky Sports. “Of course, it’s great to be here; it’s a huge club, and I love the club, and I’m really happy here,” he says.
“It’s been the same for years; there’s a lot of noise around the club, but players just focus on games, especially the one we have on Sunday, which is a huge game for us because we want to finish in the top four.”
“Like I said, we have a lot of games, so I think we have to focus on training, recovering well, and helping the team, and that’s more important than contracts or anything else.”
Despite initial concerns that he would not be suited to Erik ten Hag’s style, De Gea has demonstrated his importance to United in recent weeks and months with a string of impressive performances.
According to the Athletic, De Gea rejected new terms after receiving a good offer, but the goalkeeper believes his form and match-winning contributions show he is still one of the Red Devils’ most important players and that an appropriate salary should be paid.
While De Gea has struggled at times when playing out from the back, Ten Hag is known as a pragmatic coach who has learned to value the keeper’s worth while admitting that his distribution is something he is still working on.
As a result, instructions have been modified, and after a particularly erratic display of distribution in their 4-1 win over Real Betis earlier this month, he backed De Gea up.
“I can’t ignore (his kicking), but we’ve seen many games where he did really well,” Ten Hag said.
David is looking into it. He’s getting better, and I’m sure he’ll keep getting better.
This season, United’s goalkeeping situation has been turbulent, with Martin Dubravka returning to parent club Newcastle United after failing to gain the playing time he desired while on loan with United.
De Gea joined the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and has since made over 500 appearances. After winning the Premier League title in his second season, the Spaniard has gone on to win the Europa League, the FA Cup, and two League Cups.