Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that his old club can forget about winning the Premier League title this season if they sell goalkeeper David de Gea, the Daily Express reports.
De Gea has been consistently linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, and though United are desperate to keep hold of him there remains a huge cloud over his future.
United boss Louis van Gaal has already explained that the Spaniard will be left out of the starting line up for the opening day clash with Tottenham in favour of new signing Sergio Romero.
Van Gaal fears that the player has had his head turned and isn’t in the right frame of mind to play, but Ferdinand believes that if United don’t get the best out of him, and more importantly keep hold of him, then they can forget about making a challenge for the title.
“If Manchester United lose David De Gea they can forget about a title challenge,” he said.
“A club like United cannot allow a keeper of De Gea’s stature to leave because the transfer fee they receive from Real Madrid will not make up for missing out on major trophies.
“Should David choose to walk out the door next summer, when his contract expires, then so be it. But United don’t need the cash and they can afford to be strong.
“I know De Gea well from my days playing with him at Old Trafford and he is too professional to throw the towel in and sulk.
“He might not like the decision, but it’s not the biggest hardship in the world to have to play for Manchester United for another year.”
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