David De Gea contract: Real Madrid target closes in on new deal with Manchester United

Spaniard has been at United since 2011

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David De Gea, who has been targeted by Real Madrid, is closing in on a new contract with Manchester United, according to reports.

The Spanish goalkeeper, who has 18 months remaining on his current deal, has been coveted by the La Liga side as the successor to Iker Casillas, but the Daily Mail  have reported that the 24-year-old is close to putting pen to paper on an extension to his deal.

De Gea has been at United since 2011, when he joined from Atletico Madrid for £18m, a British record for a goalkeeper.

United goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel has urged the club to sort out De Gea's future, saying that saying that it would send a statement to their rivals.


"It's very important the club's best players sign new contracts to send a signal," he told Sky Sports News HQ. "It shows that they believe in the Manchester United project and believe the club will go back not only to the top of the Premier League but also European football.

"If De Gea signs a new deal it would be a very big signal and I'm sure everyone who loves the club would love that. Fingers crossed he will sign another five-year contract."