There is a confidence at Manchester United that world-class goalkeeper David de Gea will agree to a new deal at the club before the end of the season.
The Spaniard has been perennially linked with a return to his home city of Madrid to play for European Champions Real, and came tantalisingly close to leaving Man United in a £35m deal in 2015.
That deal fell through, and United are now keen to tie De Gea down once more to ensure they keep the three-time United Player of the Year winner and the man who has saved them on so many occasions this season.
United have the option of triggering a one-year contract extension clause in De Gea’s current deal that would extend it to 2020, but at this stage, the 27-year-old’s deal expires in 2019.
Jorge Mendes, De Gea’s representatives, and United have held “positive talks,” according to the Daily Mail, who suggest United believe there will no problems in getting De Gea to sign a new £220,000-a-week deal to keep him at Old Trafford.
De Gea himself has been speaking positively regarding life in Manchester and playing for United in the last couple of seasons, but the fear that he will finally leave the club and be snatched away by Los Blancos will never leave United fans.
A new long-term deal would go some way to achieving that and, more importantly, would calm down any speculation this summer that will be spreading should he not commit his future to the club.