Last summer, it seemed inevitable that David de Gea would join Real Madrid from Manchester United.
But the move collapsed in controversial circumstances with Madrid blaming United for sending the paperwork too late.
The Spanish club were desperate to sign the world-class goalkeeper and it appeared De Gea had his heart set on a move back to his native country.
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But what about the fans of Los Blancos? Did they want De Gea as much as he wanted them?
The answer is a resounding no.
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That’s because Spanish newspaper AS has ran a poll asking Madrid fans if they want to sign De Gea this summer and a whopping 79% said no.
The form of Navas
The reason for this is the form of Keylor Navas between the sticks for Madrid. The Costa Rican has been impressive for Zinedine Zidane’s side this campaign and is yet to concede a goal in the Champions League.
Navas was rumoured to be involved in the proposed transfer involving De Gea and was ready to fly to Manchester on transfer deadline day. But with the collapsed deal, Navas remained in the Spanish capital and De Gea stayed at Old Trafford.
De Gea's dream gone?
It’s likely that Florentino Perez will renew his interest in De Gea next summer - with Madrid’s transfer ban now being suspended - but, if he sees the results of this poll, he may reconsider.
And that would be fantastic news for Manchester United and their fans.
De Gea has been the only consistent performer over the two previous seasons under Louis Van Gaal and has come to the rescue of his team on countless occasions.
Despite losing 2-0, he proved his incredible ability on Thursday night making a string of impressive saves to keep out Liverpool in their Europa League match.
Need for Champions League
With the Red Devils having a disappointing campaign in the Premier League, sitting sixth with a very unrealistic chance of achieving a top four finish, it wouldn’t be a surprise if De Gea wanted to move to a bigger club in order to play Champions League football.
But a move to Madrid would see him having to compete with an impressive Navas for the number one spot.
Praise for Navas
Navas’ form this season has even earned praise from his predecessor, Iker Casillas.
Casillas played for 16 years at the Bernabeu and was Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Navas - last season.
“I see he is playing phenomenally and no wonder. I lived with him for a year. He’s having a great season and I’m very happy for him. Hopefully this continues,” Casillas wrote on his official Facebook page, as per AS.
While it’s unclear whether the Madrid hierarchy still want De Gea, it’s a fact that their fans would much rather stick with Navas.
Real Madrid fans: Who would you prefer to be your number one next season: De Gea or Navas? Let us know in the comments box below!
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