Manchester United goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek is convinced he can get David de Gea back playing between the sticks at Old Trafford, according to Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan.
Speaking on Hawksbee and Jacobs, as reported by talkSPORT, Van der Kraan has insisted that there's no friction between Hoek and David de Gea despite the player's attempts to depart Manchester in this summer's transfer window.
De Gea, of course, looked set to complete a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid on Monday evening, however the transfer failed at the final hurdle, meaning he will now stay on at Old Trafford for the remainder of the season.
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And, despite the fallout following the failed transfer, Van der Kraan claims things will be just fine between De Gea and Hoek when the player returns from international duty with Spain.
He told Speaking on Hawksbee and Jacobs: "There is no friction between the goalkeeping coach and De Gea. There is no problem; nothing has changed despite certain things coming out.
“As soon as he plays a few games in goal and if the results are good, he [Hoek] is convinced he can get the player back in goal.
“Whether Van Gaal will decide to let him back in goal, we don’t know.”
De Gea remains key
There's no doubt about it, it's crucial for the Manchester United hierarchy that they manage to get De Gea back on side sooner rather than later.
Ultimately, the Spanish ace is one of the standout goalkeepers in world football and has the credentials to help the Red Devils reach the summit of the Premier League table this season.
At the end of the day, De Gea has secured back-to-back Player of the Year awards in Manchester, and he could yet have another huge role to play this season.
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