David De Gea has put himself in the frame to be the next captain of Manchester United.
The Spaniard told reporters of his ambitions in Singapore ahead of Thursday’s game against Tottenham in Shanghai.
“I’ve been captain for some games,” De Gea said as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“Of course, it is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge. It’s amazing, 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 and that’s important.
De Gea has undoubtedly been United’s best and most reliable player in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, so he is an obvious choice to be given the armband after Antonio Valencia left the club this summer.
The 28-year-old leads by example, and there are few other alternatives that should be in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s thought process.
Meanwhile, De Gea’s future at the club looks to have finally been resolved. Real Madrid and PSG have both been heavily linked with a move for the goalkeeper, who despite a dip in form last season, is still one of the very best in world football.
According to Manchester Evening News, the Spaniard has agreed a new six-year contract to remain at Old Trafford until 2025, worth a huge £117m.
It is said that he is likely to sign the contract after the Reds return from Shanghai following Thursday’s game.
It’s great to have a player of De Gea’s quality committed to the club and leaves Solskjaer one less problem to solve in his challenging squad rebuild.