Manchester United line up life contract for De Gea

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The Spaniard's current contract has just 18 months remaining, although Manchester United do hold the option of extending it by a further year.

Man United fans will be hoping that their side break the bank for a few high profile signings in 2018, but securing the long-term future of the world's best goalkeeper will undoubtedly be their main priority this year.

United face Stoke City with Mourinho admitting that Premier League leaders Manchester City are in the comfort zone following a 22-game unbeaten start to their title challenge.

Mourinho continued to say that "Mr Woodward is not on holiday" so the important thing to know is that "he is going to try and give" De Gea a new contract that will keep "him here for much more than" the one year extension so "of course, we are going execute" the deal.

United nearly lost De Gea to Madrid in August 2015 when problems with a fax machine scuppered the deal.

"I don't enjoy (them)", The United boss added.

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If De Gea signs a new five-year deal, which would be the expected amount of time, he could become one of the club's all-time top appearance makers, already closing in on 300.

What did Mourinho say regarding De Gea?

Manchester United host Stoke on Monday and will look to capitalise on any slip-up at Anfield, while Arsenal travel to Bournemouth.

"I am here also to try and help him do that".

"I wish I was his manager when he was 29 at Inter Milan".

"For players time means a lot". He just needs to feel really happy with his knee, with his condition and that I think he can.

It is believed Mkhitaryan will be part of a player swap that will bring Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford during the January transfer window. But in reality at the end of the season there will be three teams below that ugly line and three will be relegated.

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