Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that he's been most impressed with goalkeeper David de Gea throughout the course of this season.
As reported by the club's official site, Van Gaal, who was speaking to MUTV during the club's awards ceremony, has insisted that the Spanish 'keeper has developed fantastically this term.
There's no doubt about it, the club's No.1 has been in remarkable form under the Dutchman, and the United boss has most certainly recognised his achievements at the club.
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Van Gaal told MUTV: "I think he is popular with the fans. I think David De Gea. In the beginning of the season, as a manager I observed him, I analysed him and then I saw his progress in the season.
"I have to say it is a fantastic development from him. As a manager, you look at it from that perspective and that is why David De Gea has impressed me the most."
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It's far from certain, however, as to whether the Red Devils chief will have the goalkeeper at his disposal for the 2015/16 campaign. After all, especially of late, the shot-stopper has been linked with a move back to Spain, with La Liga giants Real Madrid seemingly intent on bringing him to the Bernabeu.
De Gea, of course, has just one-year remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford, so it's not entirely surprising that the Spanish giants are hoping to land him sooner rather than later.
Hard to say no
And it may well be hard for the United hierarchy to reject Real's advances. After all, in just over a year, there's a possibility that the club will lose him for nothing, so they may well try and get a large fee for his signature.
At the end of the day, De Gea was always going to head back to Spain at some point in his career, so perhaps United should allow him to complete the deal in the upcoming window. It will, of course, hurt many at the club, especially after his outstanding performances this term, but it may well be the right thing to do.
Valdes can replace him
And United fans shouldn't worry too much. In ex-Barcelona man Victor Valdes they have a wonderful goalkeeper, who brings bags of experience with him. He may well be past his best, but he's certainly more than capable of taking up the number one role at the Theatre of Dreams for the foreseeable future.
Ultimately, the United hierarchy should spend the De Gea cash elsewhere this summer as they go about bringing a much needed balance to the squad. In truth, if the outfield improves, the club won't need to rely on their goalkeeper as much in 2015/16.
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