Bryan Robson has urged David de Gea to tread a similar path to that of Cristiano Ronaldo and agree to spend another year at Old Trafford before leaving for Real Madrid.
The goalkeeper has been widely tipped to move to the Bernabeu this summer after refusing to extend his Manchester United contract contract beyond 2016.
Chief executive Ed Woodward has demanded £35million from the Spanish club and, thus far, Florentino Perez has refused to match the asking price.
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Louis van Gaal left De Gea out on Saturday's game against Tottenham Hotspur with the Dutchman later confirming that he would not be considered for selection in the midst of intense speculation.
Sir Alex Ferguson was in a similar situation with his star player Ronaldo in the summer of 2008, but managed to strike a deal with the forward. He agreed to play one more season at Old Trafford before eventually making the £80m move to Real Madrid a year later.
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And Red Devils legend Robson believes it would be best for everyone if De Gea agreed to do the same.
As his contract expires next summer, there is nothing stopping him from leaving next summer and Robson thinks it's time De Gea got used to the idea of spending one more season in the Premier League.
"Ronaldo went about it in a professional way, had a great season for us then got what he said was a dream move"
Robson said during a press conference: :"He’s a professional and he will have to get on with the job whichever way it goes.
"Ronaldo had to get his head around it. The club weren’t prepared to release him for another year. Ronaldo went about it in a professional way, had a great season for us then got what he said was a dream move.
"If that’s the case and that’s what David has to do then that’s what David has to do.
"He’s a world-class goalkeeper. I can’t see him having any problems fitting into the team and performing like he can perform, whether at Real Madrid or Manchester United.
"It’s up to the hierarchy to sort out what’s going to happen with David. If they want to keep David, that’s going to be the case. If they feel they have to get the money in for him, that’s going to be the case. Everybody at the club would love him to stay."