Manchester United's David de Gea has quickly become one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Performances over the past couple of seasons have ensured his name is mentioned among the likes of Manuel Neuer and Thibaut Courtois.
His form has caught the attention of football world's giants, especially the Champions League holders Real Madrid. So, should the Spanish shot-stopper stay at Old Trafford or leave for the Bernabeu?
One thing we know is that Manchester United want to keep hold of De Gea - why wouldn't they?
He has been their best player over the past season-and-a-half, during that awful campaign last year and throughout the latter part of 2014, into the New Year.
The Spaniard has been the only constant in the United side, playing every minute this season, pulling off incredible reflex saves and improving in physicality week by week. The qualities of United's No.1 have caught the attention of Real Madrid, and rumours have been circling since the start of the season, will De Gea join the La Liga giants?
Of course, this is a definite possibility, Real Madrid are probably the most attractive team in the world of football to players; their history, style and aura alone can tempt certain individuals to Madrid.
Also, with David de Gea originating from Spain, you would think his dream as a boy would have been to play as Real Madrid's first-choice goalkeeper.
Atletico Madrid connections
However, his history with Los Blancos bitter rivals Atletico, may prevent De Gea from making the move to his old side's enemy.
Saying all this, ultimately, why should David de Gea stay at Old Trafford? After all, United are not in contention of being champions of their own domestic league, never mind the Champions League, unlike the willing bidders. The glory and the trophies will certainly be tempting for De Gea, as it looks like United won't get their hands on the Premier League or Champions League trophy for at least a couple more seasons.
Nevertheless, there are reasons why the ex-Atletico man should stay in Manchester. At this moment in time, he can say he is United's best player, not only this, but the fans and pretty much everyone that watch The Red Devils play will know that statement is correct.
He would not be Madrid's main man
If he moved to Real Madrid, he would not be able to steal the headlines as often, with players like Ronaldo and Bale already managing to do that with ease. De Gea is loved by the fans of Manchester United, thankful for every brilliant save and hailed as a hero.
If you asked any United fan who they would not want to see leave Old Trafford, I could tell you right now, David de Gea would be the name every one of them would say.
Rumours have emerged that United would be willing to sell De Gea to Madrid if Gareth Bale was included in the deal and to be honest, that is still not enough.
While Bale is a magnificent player and a truly talented individual, he is replaceable, unlike United's No.1. no keeper in the world could take the place of De Gea and match his performances in this moment in time.
What about Manuel Neuer, you may ask? Yes, maybe he could perform just as well, but at 28-years-old, he doesn't have the potential and future of Spain's upcoming goalkeeper.
United must tie De Gea down to new deal
De Gea, on the other hand does have time on his side, at 24-years-old, he has a good ten years left at the top-flight.
With Real Madrid scouts lurking around Old Trafford looking for a successor to club legend Iker Casillas, United will do well to hold onto De Gea.
We know one thing: Louis van Gaal and everyone behind the scenes at Manchester United will be doing everything they can to hold onto one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
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