On the 29th June, 2011, David De Gea was signed by Manchester United for a fee believed to be £17.8 million, in order to replace legendary Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
After a somewhat shaky first year in English football, the young Spaniard has flourished between the sticks at Old Trafford; being voted into 2012/13's Premier League team of the year, as well as being voted as Manchester United players' player of the year in 2013/14 - and he has showed no signs of slowing down.
So far this season, the 24 year old has been a beacon of light in an otherwise dark and dreary Manchester United outfit. At times De Gea has single handedly (and at other times, with both hands) kept The Red Devils competitive in matches - and his performance on Saturday at The Emirates was no different.
Arsenal could have feasibly been 3 or 4 goals up within the first half, had it not been for moments of sheer brilliance from the man once labelled unfit to inherit the No. 1 shirt made famous by the likes of Stepney, Schmeichel and Van Der Sar.
De Gea's transformation into one of the Premier League's, and the world's, top goalkeepers is timed so perfectly with Iker Casillas' steady decline, that it almost seems like an act of fate.
As one young Spanish keeper rises to the top of the ladder; the iconic status quo enters its swan song.
In the second half of 2012, Iker Casillas was part of a behind-the-scenes spat with then Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho, which caused him to lose his place in the side. Since then he has never rekindled the performances that earned him the IFFHS's world's best goalkeeper 2008-2012.
Last season saw Diego Lopez become Madrid's first choice keeper for league matches, with Spain's most capped player of all time being relegated to playing in cup matches. It has been noticeable that the 33 year old's confidence took a knock from not being entrusted as the only man deserving of wearing the No. 1 jersey of Los Blancos.
It is as a direct consequence of this that I believe that the time has come for Casillas to relinquish his throne at Real Madrid, unto his natural heir - David De Gea.
In the world of football, it is virtually unthinkable that any player would ever turn down the opportunity to play for the prestigious Real Madrid. Therefore it would seem that if Madrid were to be interested in placing the metaphorical crown on the head of David De Gea, it is merely a matter of negotiating price that Man United would be willing to accept - and an offer of around £35 million would surely do the trick.
Whether or not this transfer is to come into fruition is entirely based upon Real Madrid's perception of Iker Casillas' decline.
However, it is clear to me that De Gea's talents are being wasted at the sinking ship that is Manchester United and he would surely be far better suited - and in company worthy of his talent - playing for the biggest club in the world, Real Madrid.
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