Man Utd news: David de Gea will SNUB new contract to leave club - ESPN pundit claims

DAVID DE GEA is looking at calling time on his Manchester United career.


Posted Sunday, December 02, 2018 by Express.co.uk


Man Utd news: David de Gea will SNUB new contract to leave club - ESPN pundit claims
Man Utd news: Mariner claims David de Gea could snub a new contract to leave Old Trafford

That is according to former Arsenal striker and now ESPN pundit Paul Mariner.

United triggered the option to extend De Gea’s current contract this week for an extra year.

But there has been talk that the decision has been made so that they don’t lose him on a free transfer.

Jordan Pickford has been linked with a move to Old Trafford should Jose Mourinho let De Gea leave the club.

Now according to Mariner, the Spanish No 1 will seek a way out of United.

"No [he doesn’t stay long term]. If I’m a Man United fan, I’m panicking,” he told ESPN FC.

"You can argue whether he’s number one in the world, number two in the world. I think he’s number one in the world.

"They’ve not been able to button him down to a long-term contract which is very surprising.

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"This is Manchester United, and for them not to be able to button down this guy, it’s a big shock.”

With United currently in seventh place, De Gea will be worried about the prospect of not playing Champions League football next season.

And Mariner believes that the goalkeeper will not be best pleased with the current state of affairs at the club.

"I’m looking at what’s in the building, I’m looking at the type of football we’re playing, I’m looking at the manager, number one,” he added.

"Do I want to be playing for this particular gaffer? And I think the answer is a resounding no. Because he hasn’t put pen to paper, [he] doesn’t even look as though he wants to put pen to paper.

Man Utd news: David de Gea will SNUB new contract to leave club - ESPN pundit claims
Man Utd news: Mariner claims De Gea is unhappy with the current situation at the club

Man Utd news: David de Gea will SNUB new contract to leave club - ESPN pundit claims
Man Utd news: Jordan Pickford is being lined up as a potential replacement

"This is Manchester United, and for them not to be able to button down this guy, it’s a big shock.”

With United currently in seventh place, De Gea will be worried about the prospect of not playing Champions League football next season.

And Mariner believes that the goalkeeper will not be best pleased with the current state of affairs at the club.

"I’m looking at what’s in the building, I’m looking at the type of football we’re playing, I’m looking at the manager, number one,” he added.

"Do I want to be playing for this particular gaffer? And I think the answer is a resounding no. Because he hasn’t put pen to paper, [he] doesn’t even look as though he wants to put pen to paper.

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"I think he’s gonna be a top pro that he is, he’s gonna see his contract out, and eventually he’ll go to one of the big boys in Europe.

"You look at the squad, how much of a rebuild is there needed in this squad for Manchester United to get back to the top of the tree again?

"I’m afraid there’s so many transfer cycles it will be before they actually get back to their best. This is gonna be a long rebuild and I’m not too sure whether he wants to be around.

"He’s 28, he’s in the prime of his career, he’s got seven, eight years left at least at the top, I think he’s looking [to] pastures new.”

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