Former Spanish international Gaizka Mendieta has insisted that he expects Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to eventually return to La Liga, reports the Daily Mail.
De Gea, of course, initially starred at Atletico Madrid before moving to Old Trafford, however he's been linked with a move back to the Spanish capital of late.
In fact, Real Madrid appear to be extremely interested in the goalkeeper, who has enjoyed a remarkable season in the Premier League.
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One of the best
After a tremendous campaign, De Gea is now recognised by many as one of the leading goalkeepers in world football, so it's not entirely surprising that Real are interested in his signature.
And Mendieta certainly believes he will end up in La Liga, as he stated: "I think sooner or later. I wouldn't say when but I think eventually he will end up in Spain.
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La Liga No.1
And Mendieta, who starred in both the Premier League and La Liga throughout his played days, has insisted that Spain's elite division is currently the No.1 league, claiming that Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two biggest clubs in the world.
Speaking at the SoccerEx Asian Forum on Monday, Mendieta added: "I think La Liga at the moment is the best league in the world.
"You can defintely say that some more will come because Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two biggest clubs in the world.
"Even for players in England it is a privilege and an honour [to play for Real or Barca].
"Big clubs with a big history in a position to challenge for the Champions League is always going to be a big call for the biggest players."
United must keep De Gea
Manchester United, though, will be under no illusions that it's crucial they manage to keep hold of De Gea for at least a few more years. Ultimately, after two outstanding seasons, the 'keeper may is one of the best there is, and the Red Devils must now build a world-class team around him.
At the end of the day, with De Gea between the sticks, Louis van Gaal has a great platform to build on, and must now go about improving the club's outfield as they go in search of long term success.
If United manage to secure Champions League qualification for next season, then fans will be expecting the club to put together a strong challenge for the title in 2015/16. With De Gea around, the club have a far greater chance of doing just that.
Mendieta may well be right: De Gea could return to Spain one day, but the United hierarchy must make sure that doesn't happen for a while yet.
Manchester United fans: Do you expect De Gea to sign a new deal with your club? Have your say in the comments section below!
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