Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set to become United’s second-highest earner all-time with a new contract before the start of the summer’s World Cup. According to The Sun, United want De Gea locked down and want to make a statement, with no intention of losing him especially after the World Cup. De Gea’s contract is set to expire in the summer, but United have the option to extend it by 12 months. In the new contract, De Gea will be the second-highest earner on the team, earning £350k a week, behind only Alexis Sanchez.
With stiff competition in Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah, Man City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has made his case to be the Premier League Player of the Year. De Bruyne has been the engine in the midfield for Pep Guardiola’s men, who sit 16 points clear in first place. With 15 assists and seven goals, along with plenty of performances that are not seen in statistics, De Bruyne has proven himself one of the most valuable players in the league. On the other hand, there is Mo Salah, who has 29 goals in 31 appearances and is on pace to break the single season scoring mark in the EPL.
With Major League Soccer still searching for a Concacaf Champions League title, the best chance may be this year, with Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls both in the semifinals facing Mexican competition. Toronto will take on Club America, and Red Bull will play Chivas Guadalajara. The only MLS teams to win the continental competition were D.C. United and LA Galaxy, in 1998 and 2000, respectively, in the old format of the tournament. Now, this may be as good a chance as ever for MLS to bring home a statement championship.
FIFA announced that it has sold more than 394,000 additional tickets to the World Cup this summer, after the closing of a three-week window for sales ended. Fans in the United States purchased 16,462 of the 394,433 tickets, more than in any other country. More than half of the total tickets sold were sold to local Russian fans. The most interesting part of this, obviously, is that the United States is not IN the World Cup, and are still second in ticket sales on the other side of the globe.
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