De Gea agent confirms Man Utd contract talks

Jorge Mendes, the agent of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, has confirmed talks are under way between the parties over extending the contract of the Spain international, Football Espana has reported.

Mendes was speaking during an appearance on El Laguero to discuss controversy around Cristiano Ronaldo hosting a birthday party the same night Real Madrid were heavily beaten in the Madrid derby by Atletico Madrid, but also revealed the current situation of another of his high-profile candidates, De Gea.

De Gea has been strongly linked with a return to Spain – to Real Madrid, rather than Atletico, from whom he joined United – but Mendes insisted suggestions a move had already been agreed were inaccurate.

“It’s not true that there’s a done deal to go to Madrid. I’m negotiating his renewal,” Mendes said. “We haven’t signed anything yet and we’ll see what happens. The players decide what they want. The negotiations are on-going and in principle he could stay at United, but as I say, we haven’t signed anything, yet.”

De Gea moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2011, having come through the academy at Atletico, graduating to a first team debut in 2009, when injuries forced the 18-year-old into the senior side.

The 24-year-old has gone on to play more than 150 times for United and was part of the team that won the Premier League in the 2012-13 season. De Gea also won the Europa League with Atletico in 2009-10.

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