Ian Wright claims Man United in a strong position in David De Gea talks

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says Man United are well placed to tie De Gea down to a new deal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright believes Man United will keep hold of David De Gea for the foreseeable future after Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real Madrid.

De Gea has been ever-present between the sticks for Man United at the start of the season, once again proving himself to be one of the best shot-stoppers in the business.

Jose Mourinho’s men have had a miserable start to the campaign, winning just 10 points out of a possible 18, but it could have been much worse had the Spaniard not been at his best in recent weeks.

The 27-year-old produced two fantastic saves against Wolves during a 1-1 raw at Old Trafford on Saturday, which spared the team blushes against the newly promoted outfit.

Over the last few weeks, there have been widespread reports that De Gea is on the verge of signing a contract extension with Man United and Wright insists that the club is in a great position to keep hold of their star player.

“As long as he was putting the match-winning performances, he was the man,” Wright told Sky Sports. “As long as Real Madrid want him, De Gea had Man United on a string. Now they’ve got Courtois. Man United hold all the aces now.”

Real Madrid had chased De Gea relentlessly over the last three years or so and came very close to signing him at one stage, but their acquisition of Courtois from Chelsea this summer finally put an end to those rumours.

Man United will now hope that the Spanish number one signs on the dotted line as soon as possible to commit his long-term future to the club, with the team still in dire need of his services on the pitch.

De Gea will likely make a return to action in the Premier League on Saturday, as Mourinho’s men travel to London to face West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium.

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