Mourinho hopes for a breakthrough in David De Gea’s contract talks

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Jose Mourinho is confident Manchester United will be able to agree a new long-term contract with goalkeeper David de Gea.

De Gea’s deal was due to expire in the summer with other clubs having the opportunity to discuss terms with him and his agent as early as the new year but on Thursday Man United exercised their option to extend the Spain international’s deal for another season.

Talks continue regarding a long-term extension and Mourinho is confident that United’s four-time player of the year will be staying at Old Trafford beyond the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

Mourinho said: “He wants to stay, and of course I want him to stay. He is the level of player Manchester United needs.

“Manchester United needs the best players in the world. If we want to be Manchester United, we need the best players in the world.

“We have the best goalkeeper in the world. Obviously, the manager wants him to stay and the board wants him to stay.

“David wants to stay and his agent [Jorge Mendes, who also represents Mourinho] wants him to do what the player wants – he is not the kind of agent that is manipulative, like others and tries to influence the player.

“His agent will let him think and decide by himself, so I think the point is just to agree the contract that the club wants to give and the player wants to accept.

“That is just my feeling, but I think they (the talks) are going to finish well.”

David De Gea is however expected to be in between the sticks when Manchester United take on Southampton on Saturday at 5:30pm GMT+1 at the Saint Mary’s stadium

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