Where would Manchester United be without their Spanish saviour David De Gea? What a season the young Spaniard has had, time and time again De Gea has come to Manchester United’s rescue. The worry for Manchester United fans is that the lure of Real Madrid is looming large once again, Madrid have made a habit of prizing away United’s prized assets in previous years. In recent years United have sold Beckham, Heinze, Van Nistelrooy and most recently Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish giants. Real Madrid’s interest in David De Gea is strong and there is a growing concern for the fans at Old Trafford that De Gea dreams of a return to the Spanish capital.
De Gea’s contract expires next summer and talks over a new deal have dragged on for a long period of time. Jorge Mendes is David De Gea’s agent, Mendes also represents Radamel Falcao whose future at Old Trafford is also looking uncertain. Mendes has criticised Van Gaal regularly this season over the handling of the Colombian star, no decision has been made by United on whether to sign Falcao on a permanent basis. Once the future of Falcao becomes resolved, Mendes will be able to turn his full attentions to United’s star goalkeeper.
Van Gaal revealed last week that David De Gea has been offered an astronomical amount of money to remain at Old Trafford. Eyebrows were initially raised over De Gea’s future when Victor Valdes began training with Manchester United, Valdes went on to be signed by Van Gaal who he previously nurtured during his time at Barcelona. The former Atletico Madrid man has become a fans favourite at Old Trafford and United fans will be desperate for the young Spaniard to stay. However, if it was down to De Gea’s girlfriend, he would be back to Spain in a heartbeat, his partner has recently heavily criticised life in Manchester.
De Gea’s performance levels this season warranted a nomination for both Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, De Gea’s performance against Liverpool at Old Trafford was arguably the best goalkeeping display seen in some time. If United are to return amongst the European powerhouses (Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona) then the retention of De Gea is fundamental. United are arguably going to chase a host of glamour signings this summer with a return to the illustrious Champions League looking a formality. However tying down David De Gea to a long term deal would indicate that United mean business and will not be held to ransom.
For all of the plaudits that De Gea has received it’s arguably his character and perseverance that has made him the great goalkeeper he is today. When he signed for Manchester United four years ago, he arrived a skinny boy who was given a rude awakening to the physical nature of the English game. De Gea’s desire to improve and defy the critics was admirable, he worked tirelessly on the training ground and put in the hard miles at the gym to make himself a physical specimen.
De Gea’s rapid rise hasn’t gone unnoticed, Florentino Perez is keen on making him his latest glamour signing and become the latest part of Perez’s latest Galactico project. He has long been touted as heir to Iker Casillas’s throne for both club and country, Casillas has indicated that he doesn’t wish to leave the Santiago Bernebau. With Casillas not wanting to leave his beloved Real Madrid, De Gea would have to possibly play second fiddle to the Goalkeeping legend. If De Gea were to receive his dream move to Madrid, the presence of Casillas could see him endure a frustrating period on the side lines waiting for his time to come. If a new contract is agreed at Manchester United, a Real Madrid clause will definitely be included which would grant De Gea his Spanish return at some stage.
Van Gaal will have devised a contingency plan if De Gea is to leave Manchester United this summer, Victor Valdes is an option but after a serious knee injury, Van Gaal may look elsewhere. Petr Cech has revealed he may seek a move this summer after being thwarted by young Belgian Thibaut Courtois, Cech has proven Premier League pedigree but Chelsea would be reluctant to sell to a fierce rival. The likes of Asmir Begovic and Hugo Lloris have also been rumoured as potential replacements for David De Gea.
United will want to ensure that if De Gea does decide to leave that they do not relive the shenanigans of Peter Schmeichel, for years United seeked a worthy replacement. The likes of Van Der Gouw, Bosnich, Taibi, Howard and Barthez all struggled with the burden of replacing the Great Dane. United finally found stability in Edwin Van Der Sar who proved to be a shrewd signing and excelled during his time at Old Trafford. There is no denying that David De Gea adores Manchester United and his love affair with the Red Devils may continue but the lure of Los Blancos captures the imagination of every footballer.