Man Utd activate one-year David de Gea contract extension

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Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea competes during a Group B match between Spain and Iran at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Kazan, Russia, June 20, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

Manchester United have taken up their option to extend the contract of goalkeeper David de Gea until the end of the 2019-20 season, local media reported Thursday.

The 28-year-old Spain international's contract was due to expire at the end of June 2019 meaning he would have been free to negotiate with another club at the start of the New Year, but United will now retain the keeper for another campaign as they continue talks over a new long-term contract.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho had commented on Tuesday night that De Gea had said he wanted to stay at the club and would sign a new deal.

"He's the best goalkeeper in the world and if our ambitions are to be a big club, a winning club you need the best goalkeeper in the world," he said.

De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid for around 20 million euros (about 22.6 million US dollars) in 2011 and since then he has been named as the club's Player of the Year for four of the last five seasons.

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