That is the view of Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer, who thinks that this could be the reason why the Spain international’s form has taken a nosedive recently.
Th 28-year-old was at fault once again as Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw with top four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
With United leading through Juan Mata’s goal against his former club, De Gea spilled Antonio Rudiger’s 30-yard attempt for Marcos Alonso to level shortly before the interval.
It was a costly error by the former Atletico Madrid man and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were never able to fully recover.
De Gea has not been performing at his usual high standards in recent weeks with other errors also leading to goals.
He was culpable for at least one of Manchester City’s two goals in United’s midweek derby defeat at Old Trafford, having also been at fault for Lionel Messi’s second in the 3-0 defeat at Barcelona in the Champions League on 16 April.
And Shearer thinks that his contract situation may be affecting De Gea but thinks Solskjaer will keep him in the team.
The stopper is yet to sign an extension to his contract, which expires in 2020, and Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be monitoring the situation.
“He must think, hang on a minute”
“Do you not think that maybe De Gea hasn’t signed a contract yet because of what he must see when he looks around the Manchester United dressing room and sees other players being paid an absolute fortune,” Shearer said on Match of the Day 2.
“He must think, hang on a minute, I have been player of the year in four out of the last five years and so must be entitled to what they are getting.
“I think Solskjaer will stick with him for the last two games against Cardiff and Huddersfield.
“If there is one player that has something in the bank for his performances at Manchester United then it is him.
“He is going through a terrible time, we can all see that, but I think he will stick with him.”
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy thinks it is obvious that something is not quite right with De Gea at the moment.
“We can hypothesise whether or not he wants to go home to Spain, does he want more money? Whatever it is, it is affecting his game,” he added.
“I would ask him if he is thinking of leaving because if he is you might as well take him out now and out of the firing line.
“If he wants to stay and sign his contract then leave him in and show your confidence in him.
“The way he is though I hope he isn’t thinking about the money side of it and is just wondering where he can win trophies.”