De Gea standing his ground and refusing to end contract stand-off with Manchester United chiefs
David De Gea is refusing to budge on his £350,000-a-week wage demands in a contract stand-off with Manchester United.
De Gea has told United chiefs that he is prepared to commit the peak years of his career to the club – but only if the price is right.
And that means giving him a pay-rise that will put him behind only £400,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez in the Old Trafford pay stakes.
United are reluctant to meet De Gea’s demands but remain confident that a compromise will be struck.
The club were forced to trigger a one-year extension clause in the Spain No.1’s contract in November to prevent him talking to foreign clubs in the New Year.
While that has bought them extra time to agree a long-term deal, the situation remains unresolved due to the financial terms on offer.
MirrorFootball revealed in November that the 28-year-old’s advisers were playing hardball over wages after United agreed to make Sanchez the Premier League’s highest-paid player when he arrived from Arsenal last January.
The Chilean forward also banks a further £75,000 for every appearance.
De Gea believes he deserves a hefty raise from the £200,000-a-week he currently makes after establishing himself as the Premier League’s most consistent keeper and one of the best shot-stoppers in the world.
United’s bargaining position was strengthened when Real Madrid paid Chelsea £35million for Thibaut Courtois last summer after giving up on their long-term bid to lure the Belgium keeper to the Bernabeu.
But there would be no shortage of big clubs in for De Gea should be become available.
De Gea made it clear even before Jose Mourinho was sacked in December that he wanted to stay at the club, if terms could be agreed.
United want to seal a new deal before the start of next season to avoid seeing the player’s value begin to fall as the clock ticks on the final months of that one-year extension.
De Gea joined from Atletico Madrid in 2010 in an £18.9million deal, and has been named the club’s player of the year in four of the last five seasons.
He came close to joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2016 only for a £29m deadline-day deal to collapse at the 11th hour.
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