The situation surrounding David de Gea at Manchester United continues to unravel with Louis van Gaal claiming he is not mentally right, despite De Gea's claim to the contrary.
My first thought when looking at this is Carlos Tevez. While the Spanish goalkeeper has apparently conducted himself with dignity and been the consummate professional, only idiots are fooled by his rather blatant attempt to turn the fans against both the club and Louis Van Gaal.
Carlos Tevez tried this during his final months at United, cupping his ears and encouraging chants of "Fergie, sign him up" from the Old Trafford faithful. However, there are 2 very important differences between the situations of the Boca Juniors striker and United's current number one.
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First of all Tevez was not owned by United, with his loan ending that very summer. Secondly, there was no International competition at the end of that season.
De Gea is, rather stupidly, trying to pressure Van Gaal into selling him to Real Madrid, or at worse, trying to take on the Dutchman. Sorry David, there is only going to be one winner if you try playing that game, and it certainly isn't you.
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In fact, the Spaniard, contrary to what a lot of people say, has a lot more to lose than Manchester United. Louis Van Gaal has made it clear that he only wants committed players playing for him.
People may remark that a 90% De Gea is better than Romero at 100%. Theoretically that is true, but goalkeeper is the one position in the team where you cannot afford your focus to be anything less than 100%, given the nature of the role.
If Real don't meet United's demands, then I seriously would not put it past Van Gaal to bench him for the rest of the season.
Romero impressed against Tottenham, and what if that continues? Then not only will De Gea have missed out on his dream move, but he has also lost his starting spot. With Euro 2016 at the end of the year, he stands no chance of being Spain's starting keeper if he has not played this season.
What then happens if Kiko Casilla has a great season, or Iker Casillas? Then to add the cherry on the top of the cake, United fare fine without him and mount a title challenge. If this comes to pass, then De Gea will be able to move to Real Madrid for free next summer, but would they want a keeper who hasn't played for a year and is not Spain's number one?
In fact, out of the top clubs, who would take a punt on a keeper who will be short of match practice and most likely confidence?
Barcelona currently have to give a world class keeper like Marc-Andre ter Stegen cup duties while Claudio Bravo takes the league games. Atletico Madrid would not want someone who they deem to be a turncoat, Valencia have Diego Alves to return, while I seriously doubt that he would like to stay in England.
So, at the end of the day, Mr. De Gea needs to seriously think hard about taking on a manager who once benched Rivaldo, who had won the Ballon D'or in the same season due to a perceived lack of focus, to which the Brazilian responded magnificently. David, over to you now.