Ramon Calderon, the former president of Real Madrid, has claimed that Los Blancos won’t be making a move for David de Gea as Iker Casillas is still the best in the world between the sticks.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the ex-Santiago Bernabeu chief insisted that his old club aren’t in need of anymore goalkeepers, despite strong speculation that they will be moving for Manchester United’s No.1 upon the culmination of this campaign.
Casillas regaining confidence
The shaky form Casillas showed towards the back end of last season left him as ideal fodder for critics, and his subsequent performances in the World Cup this summer were nothing short of disastrous.
It was then assumed that when Real purchased Keylor Navas from Levante - coincidentally after the Costa Rica international had enjoyed a superb tournament in Brazil - Carlo Ancelotti was finally making the move to oust Casillas from the position he has held for over a decade.
However the Italian has shown faith with the Spain captain, and Casillas’s form appears to be slowly returning as the season goes on. As a result the idea of him finishing his career elsewhere isn’t nearly so prominent as it was prior to the start of the campaign, although the rumours suggesting that Florentino Perez is targeted De Gea refuse to go away.
With a stance that directly counteracts his successor at the Bernabeu however Calderon has put doubt on such claims, as he believes between Casillas and Navas Real are firmly secure.
"We already have the best goalkeeper in the world, which is Casillas. We also have Keylor Navas. I don’t see any need to get any other goalkeeper.
"De Gea is perhaps also one of the best goalkeepers in the world but Casillas can still be at the top for three or four years. I don't see any need [for De Gea]."
"De Gea is perhaps also one of the best goalkeepers in the world but Casillas can still be at the top for three or four years. I don't see any need [for De Gea]"
Such news, if proven true, will be music to the ears of United fans, many of whom will have been wondering what the future holds for arguably their most important asset. Despite initially struggling to get to grips with Premier League football De Gea has flourished in recent seasons, and so far this term he has dug United out of trouble more times than Van Gaal would have liked.
The young Spaniard has also made strides on the international scene, and it makes sense to assume that Casillas will have difficulty in keeping him from claiming the jersey long term.
It looks for now at least as though his position at Real is safe, unless of course Ancelotti resolves to pay big for United’s £30 million star before his club can tie him to a new deal.