Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has urged the club to tie down David de Gea to a new long-term contract.
The Spain international keeper is currently embroiled in protracted talks over a new five-year deal, with his current contract set to expire in 2016.
De Gea is understood to be a target of European champions Real Madrid and United are determined not to lose the player on a free transfer in 17 months’ time.
Schmeichel told Sky Sports News HQ: “It’s very important the club’s best players sign new contracts to send a signal.
“It shows that they believe in the Manchester United project and believe the club will go back not only to the top of the Premier League but also European football. “If de Gea signs a new deal it would be a very big signal and I’m sure everyone who loves the club would love that. Fingers crossed he will sign another five-year contract.”
United must also decide over the coming months whether to exercise the option of signing
Radamel Falcao on a permanent transfer from Monaco this summer.