David de Gea will be the most talked-about player this transfer window, or at the very least one of them.
The Spanish shot-stopper has been incredible this season; his performances have saved United from another season away from Europe, especially earlier this season when they were struggling for fluency and a run of results.
His form has been so fantastic, that he has been persistently linked with a move to Real Madrid. There have been rumours of part-exchange deals and big numbers attached to the 24-year old. However, he has so far remained insistent that he will not make the move to the Galacticos. I think he is absolutely right.
Real Madrid already have Iker Casillas who, like Petr Cech, is more an institution than just a keeper. Therefore, it is quite understandable that Carlo Ancelotti wishes to hold onto him; Casillas himself has said he wants to play out his contract, which expires in June 2017.
Therefore, De Gea cannot make the move this summer, because a keeper of his quality cannot play second-fiddle, regardless of the club he is at.
Furthermore, the 24-year old Spaniard has progressed brilliantly during his time at Old Trafford. He was brought in to replace Dutch legend Edwin van der Sar, but initially looked shaky between the sticks when United signed him in 2011. However, he has developed into the Premier League’s best reflex shot-stopper, who is also extremely focused on the pitch.
His meteoric four year rise surely indicates that Old Trafford is where De Gea’s long-term future lies; in the eyes of some, Real Madrid might restrict, or even tarnish that future- the most recent case in point being Norwegian wonder-kid Martin Odegaard.
I believe de Gea is saying all the right things, and I hope he stays so we can all see him cement himself as a Premier League legend in years to come.