David de Gea, arguably Manchester United’s one true world-class player, has been in outstanding form yet again this season for both club and country. The string of match-winning saves that he’s produced has led many to believe that the Spaniard is now at the same level as Bayern Munich star and World Cup winner Manuel Neuer.
After a shaky start to life at Old Trafford following his near £20 million move from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the Spanish goalkeeper has adapted admirably to the physical nature of the Premier League. Not only has De Gea gone on to make nearly 200 appearances for the Red Devils but he’s also picked up the club’s Player of the Season award for the past two seasons running.
That said, there’s every chance that United could be spending this summer’s transfer window shopping for a new goalkeeper if things don’t drastically improve at the club.
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Man United were extremely lucky to retain the services of their no. 1 for the current campaign after a hugely dramatic transfer deadline day. Both De Gea himself and his girlfriend Edurne were set on a move back to the Spanish capital but the deal for the keeper’s big-money move to Real Madrid collapsed after the paperwork was handed in minutes past the deadline.
Following the summer-long transfer saga with the Spanish giants, De Gea signed a four-year contract extension with United. However, Louis van Gaal’s men currently sit sixth, two points off the Champions League places in the league table and there’s no doubt that the Spanish international will want to be involved in Europe’s premier club competition next year.
United need to improve
Prior to December, United’s results weren’t actually that bad, it was their style of play that was being criticised. However, they failed to win any of their six games last month and slipped down the Premier League table.
Even kit sponsor Adidas, with whom United negotiated a record-breaking deal at the beginning of the season, publicly stated that the team’s current style isn’t exactly what they “want to see”. If the club’s results and in particular performances don’t quickly improve, no one could blame De Gea for seeking a move away from Old Trafford at the end of the season.
In my opinion, if Manchester United don’t secure Champions League football for next season, they should look over their shoulder regarding De Gea and brace themselves for bids, most probably from Real Madrid.
Los Blancos lost their captain and club legend Iker Casillas last summer and in Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla, they have two goalkeepers who are far inferior in ability to De Gea. Should Real come in for De Gea again, it would be very hard for the 25-year-old to resist joining them and in the process return to his hometown.
What could keep De Gea at United?
Before moving to Old Trafford, De Gea played over 80 games for Real’s bitter rivals Atletico Madrid and neither set of fans would have forgotten this. If he moved to the Bernabeu, Real’s intolerant fans would immediately question where his loyalties lie and he’d surely receive an unwelcoming reception from the Atletico faithful to boot.
One thing that shouldn’t be questioned is the Spaniard’s love for Manchester United, their supporters and his desire to bring back success to the club. He is one of the few players within the current squad who has won the Premier League title and during his time at United, the Spain international has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
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