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Man Utd hoping to keep De Gea for many years to come - Fortune

21:20 EAT 04/03/2018
David de Gea Manchester United Sevilla Champions League
The Spain international goalkeeper continues to be heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but a former Red Devils star is looking for him to stay

Manchester United are hoping to keep David de Gea at the club for “many years to come”, says Quinton Fortune, with the Red Devils not in the business of selling the world’s best.

Speculation continues to suggest that Real Madrid are preparing another raid on Old Trafford for a long-standing transfer target.

The Blancos are willing to spend big on De Gea, despite the Spain international being under contract in England until at least 2019.

United have the option to trigger a 12-month extension in the 27-year-old’s current deal, while fresh terms have been mooted for a man that Jose Mourinho and Co have no intention of parting with.

Former Red Devils star Fortune told PA Sport on De Gea: "When he arrived at Old Trafford, he was a bit rocky at the start of his career but the improvement he has made has been unbelievable.

"When you look at the last couple of seasons, he has been player of the year - which is a little bit weird for a Manchester United goalkeeper.

"I think the position we are in the league and all the competition, I think David's played a big role in that. Look at some of the games this season - he has kept us in games. The Sevilla game, especially, he was outstanding.

"In my opinion, he's probably the best goalkeeper in the world at this moment in time and we hope that continues. He's been absolutely brilliant, and we hope we can keep him here for many years to come."

United are looking for De Gea to play a leading role in their future plans, with Fortune confident that Mourinho can piece together a Premier League title challenge if given further funds in which to try and close the gap on Manchester City over the summer.

The South African added: "It's a little bit frustrating to see us in second position [sic], but City has been outstanding this season and it will be a miracle to catch them.

"They are going to have to lose every single game and we're going to have to win every single game, but the signs are there for next season and there's still a lot to play for this season.

"The way we're playing looks very difficult to beat in any competition, so I hope next season we'll go that extra step further and win the league.

"I am sure there will be changes in the summer. The manager will want to strengthen the team and that's part of being a Manchester United player.

"You want to improve, you want to have competition and I am sure the manager will strengthen his team and try to win the league next year."