De Gea happy to delay Man United contract talks - FCNaija

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 19/01/2018

David de Gea is happy to delay new contract talks with Manchester United until the end of the season.

Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho this week called on the 27-year-old to be given a bumper extension to his current deal, which is set to expire next summer, although it has an option to be increased for a further 12 months.

Long-term Real Madrid target De Gea has developed into one of the world's finest goalkeepers since joining United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 despite near-constant speculation linking to return to the Spanish capital, De Gea is in no rush to sit down for contract talks.

"I don't think it's the time to start talking about the future, it's not the time to be talking contracts," De Gea told Sky Sports.

"We have lots of games between now and the end of the season and the first thing we need to think about is Burnley this weekend.

"It's all about getting your head down, focusing, working hard, competing in training, keeping fit and picking up points.

 "Just being part of this club is special in itself. Being a player and a part of this club is special, so when you get to wear the shirt, you go to away games, that's something you are always proud of and is very special.

"Being part of such a great club like Manchester United fills you with emotion and you gradually realise how much the club means to the fans and the people who work here. They really live for the game, so that does become part of you and you can only appreciate that having spent time here."

De Gea's 13 clean sheets from 23 appearances is more than any other goalkeeper has recorded in the division this season but Manchester United are 12 points adrift of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City with a visit to Turf Moore this weekend to clast against Burnley.