De Gea wants captaincy and £375k-a-week Manchester United deal
David de Gea has his sights on being Manchester United's new captain, saying it is important he takes on a greater leadership role next season.
The United goalkeeper is set to end the uncertainty over his future by signing a six-year contract worth around £375,000 (€415,000) a week when he returns from the club's pre-season tour of Australia and Asia.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has yet to decide who will be his next permanent captain, but that he will announce his decision before United's opening Premier League game of the season against Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 11.
Ashley Young has been filling the role during pre-season, but De Gea has signalled his desire to take on the captaincy and believes his experience could be influential in the development of the club's crop of emerging youngsters.
"I've been captain for some games," said De Gea, 28, who has stood in at times for Young and the recently departed club captain, Antonio Valencia.
"It is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge so, of course, I'll be really, really happy to captain. It's my ninth season, I feel like one of the most experienced players. I need to show that on the pitch and try to help the young guys know what Manchester United means."
De Gea's form faltered during the second half of last season, when his confidence plummeted after a series of error-strewn performances. But the Spaniard has been named United's player of the year in four of the past six seasons and, while he is quite shy and not a vocal presence, he commands the highest respect in the dressing room.
United feared they might lose De Gea as a free agent next summer, but the decision to make him the club's highest-paid player after Alexis Sanchez, coupled with the support from Solskjaer, has persuaded the goalkeeper to stay. (© Daily Telegraph, London)