Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has lavished praise on international teammate David de Gea, claiming that he hopes the player stays at Old Trafford as he’s the best in the world.
De Gea has been the subject of mass speculation lately, with rumours insisting that he’s destined for Real Madrid this summer.
Louis van Gaal has kept him out of the first-team as a result, further amplifying the situation, and fans are waiting with baited breathe to see what becomes of it.
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As for Herrera though, he’s hoping for one outcome only. The playmaker told sources, as relayed by the Daily Express, how he thought De Gea was the number one stopper in the world, and that him remaining with the club would be a big boost.
"He is calm. One of his best skills is his serenity. He never gets nervous. That's why he is so good. The situation is out of my hands.
"I just can say that for me he is the best in the world, so if he stays with us it will be phenomenal."
Despite Herrera’s optimism though it’s looking likely that De Gea will become a Real player before the transfer window closes on September 1. Super-agent Jorge Mendes has supposedly been drafted in to secure the goalkeeper’s move, and the player himself looks like he wants it to happen.
Whether or not United fans will ultimately criticise the club for the course of action they’ve taken is another matter entirely, but some may feel that De Gea deserved better than to be frozen out after being named the club’s Player of the Year twice in a row.
If the Spaniard does leave for his homeland his last memories of United will now be of frustration and the view from the sidelines.
Not exactly what he had in mind when the idea of a glorious return to Madrid was first conceived, I’m sure.
United fans, is De Gea the best ‘keeper in the world? Is there any chance you can keep him? Let us know in the comments box below.