David de Gea left out of the UEFA Team of the Year shortlist

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UEFA have released their 40-man shortlist for the 2015 Team of the Year, recognising Europe's best performers over the calendar year.

One of the stand-out performers in 2015 has been Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea but, to great surprise, has been snubbed.

After an outstanding start to the season, De Gea has deservedly nailed down his spot as one of the world's best goalkeepers yet failed to make the cut in a four-man list: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Joe Hart (Manchester City) and Denys Boyko (Dnipro).


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Unless you follow the Europa league or Ukrainian Premier League passionately, the latter will come as a shock entry. Boyko helped Dnipro to a runners-up finish in last season's Europa League by putting in a number of solid displays throughout the campaign.

And whilst this is an excellent achievement for the 27-year-old, fans will argue he has been undeservedly nominated given the standard of league he competes in.

Hart, on the other hand, is one of only five Premier League nominees and one of three from Manchester City.

The Citizens' number one picked up his fourth Premier League Golden Glove in six seasons last campaign and earned his 50th cap for England, making him undoubtedly worthy of his place in the proceedings.

Buffon and Neuer's inclusions are similarly undebatable, the former helping Juventus to the Serie A title and Champions League final, and the latter brilliant as ever for Bayern, who stormed the Bundesliga last season.

One can only assume that De Gea's omission is a direct result of his stint out of the team at the beginning of the season amidst his Real Madrid transfer saga, which fell through at the final hurdle.

Now, having signed a new contract in early September, De Gea is back to his best and has been largely responsible for the Red Devils' excellent defensive record this season.

With a move to Spain now looking unlikely, it seems the shot-stopper will be plying his trade in the English top-flight for the foreseeable future and will now push to win his third Manchester United Player of the Year award in a row - a club record - and perhaps even the Premier League.

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