Phil Neville: My biggest fear is Manchester United losing David de Gea

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Manchester United favourite Phil Neville is afraid his former club will lose talismanic goalkeeper David de Gea in the summer.

The Spanish shot stopper is being courted by Real Madrid, who usually get their own way when it comes to adding players to their Galactico project.

Neville worry

"My biggest fear in the summer is David de Gea [leaving]," Neville told United's official website. 

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"I want him tied up on a long-term contract. He is the best developer I have seen for a number of years."

"From where [he was] when he first signed to where he is now, the development and the improvement he has shown has been nothing short of incredible. He is the best around. He has won Manchester United games, he is up there with [Edwin] Van der Sar and [Peter] Schmeichel in terms of winning games so that would be my one worry this summer."

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De Gea growth

The 24-year-old joined United in 2011 from Atletico Madrid for £18 million, the current British record fee for a goalkeeper. The Spain international initially struggled to settle in the Premier League and was widely criticised for his lack of size and vulnerability in the air.

However the last two seasons have seen De Gea go from strength to strength, cementing his position as one of the best 'keepers in the world. Despite playing behind a leaky United defence the Spaniard has kept ten clean sheets this season alone and has attracted numerous plaudits for his performances.

His showings this term have seen De Gea inducted into the PFA Team of the Year - he's the only United player in the side. The 'keeper was also shortlisted for the Player and Young Player of the Year awards, eventually missing out to Eden Hazard and Harry Kane respectively.

What the future holds

If United's number one does move on, the Manchester club will have a difficult decision on their hands on whether to move for Tottenham's Hugo Lloris or maybe even Chelsea's Petr Cech. What is for certain is that it will be very difficult for the Red Devils to keep the player if his head has been turned.

Do you think David de Gea will stay at United? And Manchester United fans, if he does leave, who do you want to replace him? Let us know in the comments box below.

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