David de Gea should stay at Manchester United as he could become as good as both Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar, according to his current goalkeeping coach.
Frans Hoek, a widely respected mentor when it comes to the position in between the sticks, hailed De Gea’s progress and suggested that the 24-year-old was already at the biggest club in the world.
De Gea to stay?
The Spaniard has been repeatedly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid this summer and the fact that his current Old Trafford contract is due to expire next summer hardly helps matters.
Hoek though believes that if De Gea maintains his current level of development then there’s nothing to stop him entering the same footballing stratosphere as the likes of Schmeichel and Van der Sar, no mean feat considering influential they were.
"He is now at one of the biggest club in the world," Hoek said, via Manchester United Poland.
"The moment you are playing at a high level there, you're great and if you continue to do that, then automatically you become one of the better ones in the world.
"He showed at a very young age -- he became 24 this season -- that he is able to do the job in all elements of the game, in construction, but also in defence.
"So nothing stands in his way to become one of the best like Schmeichel, like Van der Sar at United."
The unstoppable De Gea
There can be little argument over the fact that De Gea has been United’s most consistent performer over the past two seasons. The former Atletico Madrid stopper was a rock at the heart of Van Gaal’s defence this year, building impressively on last season’s campaign wherein he was perhaps the only positive in a downbeat term.
Such brilliance appears to have attracted the attentions of Real Madrid however, a club who are notoriously difficult to refuse. The future of Iker Casillas is more uncertain than ever before and with backup ‘keeper Keylor Navas having failed to convince the powers that be of his credentials as undisputed number one Florentino Perez has turned to De Gea.
Does he stay or does he go?
As a consequence United fans have been forced to sweat concerning the possibility of him returning to his homeland. Clinching Champions League football will have given Van Gaal an advantage he might otherwise have lacked, but all the same it must be assumed that Real would be an extremely attractive proposition for a young Spaniard who has grown massively in confidence.
Despite that though there are obvious benefits for De Gea to reap by way of staying at Old Trafford. First and foremost he’s already well on his way to becoming a cult hero amongst the fans, and if Van Gaal’s project goes to plan the Red Devils will be competing for major trophies on all fronts before too long.
One thing that’s for sure is that Hoek’s claims over his potential don’t seem to be far-fetched in the slightest. At 24 De Gea has plenty of time to grow and learn, and considering a ‘keeper’s supposed prime years aren’t until when he’s in his thirties the future is very bright indeed.
United fans, do you think De Gea could become an Old Trafford icon and legend in his own right if he stays and rejected the allures of Real Madrid? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.