But Mills disagrees and believes it’s smart business by Ed Woodward.
Speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former defender said: “De Gea only made a couple of mistakes at the World Cup, but that happens from time to time.
“He hasn’t been playing in a fantastic side and if you look at the saves he’s made and his quality…
“He’s a young goalkeeper, he knows the club inside and he’s shown massive loyalty when he could have gone to Real Madrid, but it didn’t happen.
“Most players would have thrown their toys out of the pram at that stage, but he didn’t, he came back, knuckled down, worked incredibly hard and was then their next player for the next three or four seasons.
“It’s smidge under £20m a year, and if you’re going to replace De Gea right now with a top quality keeper that’s going to cost you north of £60m.
“So they’ve almost got an outstanding goalkeeper for nothing for the next six years.”
“He’s shown massive loyalty when he could have gone to Real Madrid.”
“He worked incredible hard to be their best player for three years.”
“It would cost £60m+ to replace him.”
Danny Mills says getting De Gea to sign a new contract worth £20m is great business
Amir Khan is still hopeful that he will face Manny Pacquiao in his next fight, but insists he won’t wait around for the Filipino legend.
Earlier this month, Khan returned to the ring against Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia, a comeback bout he won by fourth-round knockout.
In the aftermath, he announced he would be returning to the country for a bout against Pacquiao on November 8, though it appears he jumped the gun with this proclamation as ‘Pac Man’s’ team instantly denied it.
Asked about his Saudi experience, Khan told talkSPORT’s James Savundra: “They’re very, very happy with us and they want us back there again, so that’s the reason we have now announced another fight there which is November 8.
“Looking at some opponents, I would love it to be Manny Pacquiao, if it isn’t him obviously we look at someone else…
“This next fight is gonna be there as we were contracted to that, but I may be back in the UK early next year.”
Amir made his premature Pacquiao announcement last week, while the 40-year-old was preparing to face Keith Thurman.
On Saturday night, the Filipino put on a thrilling display and rolled back the years to defeat his younger opponent, claiming the WBA welterweight title in the process.
Khan continued: “I saw what Manny did on the weekend and looked really good.
“His timing, his work rate, the punch count was very, very high. At the age of 40.”
In truth, Khan could potentially turn out to be a big loser from this performance, as it proved to US fans that Pacquiao still has plenty left to give against the welterweight elite.
As such, it now seems far more likely he will return in a big fight in America, and he’s also said he won’t compete again this year.
Khan clarified: “I was told just before having a press conference by the Super Boxing League team that Manny has signed a contract to say that he would fight me.
“I don’t know who’s seen the signature, I didn’t see the signature as yet, but this is what I was told by the team.
“So obviously I’m gonna mention that something’s signed by Manny and his team for the fight.
“Manny denied that, I’m left in a position where I still have a date in Saudi Arabia on November 8.
“I’m just gonna still carry on with my career, I’m not gonna wait around and wait for that one big Manny fight.
“It’s happened before to me where I’ve waited for Floyd Mayweather for a year and a half and it never happened.”
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be live at the talkSPORT studios next Friday on the Jim White Show, but if you can’t wait till then to hear from one of the biggest names in boxing you can catch the Bronze Bomber in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 for his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so for more details head to eventbrite.co.uk and you can get your tickets from showfighter.co.uk
Wrestling is a totally subjective form of entertainment. While someone might think The Undertaker is the greatest of all-time, another might feel, say, Daniel Bryan is. Two totally different performers, but both extremely good.
But that’s just the thing with wrestling. In a pre-determined ‘sport’ as it were, WWE could book who is the greatest of all-time. Many fans felt they did that with 16-time world champion John Cena for many years.
It breaks down into little categories. Greatest character? Probably The Undertaker. Greatest in-ring performer? Arguably Shawn Michaels. Best on the microphone? The Rock, Dusty Rhodes, CM Punk, Ric Flair and a few others would be in the conversation.
But, who is the biggest star in the history of wrestling? That is a question with far stricter parameters and actual, tangible evidence to support the winner.
Our winner is The Rock, but the same men to breath his rarefied air are Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.
So why does The Rock come out on top? A quick look at the aforementioned men and then Rocky by comparison will enlighten you.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is the biggest draw in the history of the business. That goes for live events, merchandise, TV ratings and PPV buys. That is indisputable.
When he caught fire in late 1996, he was the most popular wrestler on the planet for a good four years at a boom period – the Monday Night Wars. Austin would win that war for the WWE and would stray into the mainstream with his forthright persona.
More than that, his finishing move, the Stone Cold Stunner, became one of the most beloved moves in the history of the business and whether you liked wrestling or not, you knew about it.
Unfortunately, his stay at the top was relatively short-lived. Recurring neck problems that stemmed from a botch at the hands of Owen Hart in 1997 would force Austin to retire in 2003 at the age of 37 – very young for a main event wrestler.
Following that, the Texas Rattlesnake tried to stay in the business in a variety of on-screen roles before departing for some low-level Hollywood movies and some straight to DVD efforts. He then launched a successful podcast that runs to this day and hosts some reality-based TV shows.
However, it could be said that once his days were done in the ring, the only way was down.
For Hulk Hogan, he is synonymous with wrestling. We wouldn’t have the global brand that is the WWE today if Hulk Hogan didn’t stand as the main event pillar for Vince McMahon when he originally bought the company from his dad.
McMahon took the gamble to launch the very expensive and risky WrestleMania concept around Hogan and when you look at the first three events, he was more than a central figure to their success.
The 13-time world champion is the most recognisable wrestler to a whole generation and he owned the 1980’s. He even reinvented himself in 1996 by turning heel and forming the NWO, an industry-shifting move that no one saw coming.
Furthermore, he went on to steal WrestleMania in 2002 with – you guessed it, The Rock – and had a great last run with the company.
From there… not so good. He spent four years with TNA that were close to a disaster from a growth perspective and he also had a sex tape leaked. On top of that, Hogan was caught on tape making several racial slurs which saw the WWE banish him for three years.
The Hulkster was a major, major star in wrestling but despite fleeting success with acting, music and his own reality TV show ‘Hogan Knows Best’ – he’s never had any meaningful success outside of the wrestling business and, specifically, WWE.
That brings us to Ric Flair. A lot of fans will tell you Ric Flair is the greatest of all-time and many, many wrestlers will too. Back in the days when the NWA world champion would travel to all territories and put bums in seats, Flair was the absolute best and the highest drawing by a country mile.
Nobody worked harder than Flair and his gimmick of having a taste for the extravagant – jet-flying, limousine-riding and all that – was really him. The fans gravitated to that and he became a star a whole world above the rest.
But he could really wrestle, too. His feuds with Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes are the stuff of legends and as the focal point of the Four Horseman, he arguably led the greatest stable in wrestling history, too.
Flair’s ‘woo!’ has made him a mainstream star. Still to this day, athletes and musicians will credit him as an inspiration because of his swag and attitude.
However, his life is wrestling. Many might argue he stayed in the business too long and he certainly shouldn’t have wrestled again after having a retirement match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. TNA, like milk on a hot day apparently, was a bad choice.
Flair is a legend in many circles, and, with hardcore wrestling fans, is perhaps revered the most of all legends. But, he never quite transcended like the other men on this list.
Then we have The Rock. The Great One. The Brahma Bull. Just as Austin became sidelined with his neck issues in late 1999 – where he was hit by a car, remember? – Rocky had become the number two babyface in the company. With Austin gone, he became the top guy and many would say he took things even higher.
He was formidable on the microphone whether he was a heel or babyface. He had the looks, an electrifying moveset in the ring that complimented him perfectly and charisma coming out of his eyeballs. McMahon knew The Rock was a star from the moment he laid eyes on him.
The audience hung off his every word and arenas literally exploded when his music hit. His vast array of catchphrases made him a globally known star very quickly and just as much as Austin turned the tide for WWE in the Monday Night Wars, The Rock picked up the baton on the home straight.
He’s a New York Time best-seller, the Guinness World Records named him the record-holder for highest-paid actor in their first leading role ($5.5m), he’s the second-highest-paid actor in the world today according to business insider and he has the eighth-most followed Instagram account in the world.
He has his own production company – Seven Bucks – he’s a 10 time WWE champion, main evented two of the top-five grossing WrestleManias of all-time, has hosted multiple TV shows and has his own clothing line with Under Armour titled ‘Project Rock’.
He is the very definition of a household name. Dwayne Johnson, The Rock – whatever. Everyone knows who he is and when he goes back to WWE, which he still does from time-to-time, it has a visible effect on tickets, ratings – everything.
When you look at what he accomplished during his career and after it – which also helps highlight WWE – The Rock is clearly the biggest star to ever grace the squared circle.
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