David de Gea has told his critics he has nothing left to prove, despite scrutiny this season over his ability with his feet and his long-term role in Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United rebuild.
The 32-year-old has lost his place in the Spain squad due to a perceived weakness with the ball at his feet compared to his compatriots Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez and David Raya.
It’s also an aspect of his game that has been studied at Old Trafford this season, with his attempts to play out from the back costing United a goal in their early season defeat at Brentford. Ten Hag has mixed the game plan up since then and De Gea is enjoying a fine campaign, moving into the top-10 appearance makers for the club in the process
A new deal is on the table, with his existing £375,000-a-week contract expiring at the end of the season. United want to extend that deal but on reduced terms.
There is also likely to be more competition next season and United were linked with Brentford goalkeeper Raya this week. With Dean Henderson likely to leave permanently this summer, a No. 2 to challenge De Gea could be on the agenda.
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