Former Manchester United hero urges David de Gea to stay at Old Trafford

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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has urged David de Gea to ignore a potential move to Real Madrid, so he can go on to win more medals than he did at Old Trafford.

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The Sun report that the former Denmark international is certain that the 24-year-old will have more success than he did during his eight years with the club, should he commit his future to staying in England.

“I would be upset if he left this summer because I’m certain he could go on to make multiple hundreds of appearances for United – and end up winning more medals than me,” he explained.

However, it appears that the plea has come too late, with Real Madrid keen to make him Iker Casillas’ long-term successor at the Bernabeu, The Sun suggest.

But, Schmeichel believes that Louis van Gaal needs to do everything in his power to convince the Spaniard to stay.

“Whatever David would want in a new contract, if I were van Gaal, I would fight tooth and nail to keep him happy in Manchester,” he added.

De Gea was in excellent form for much of the campaign, and was arguably at his best at the start of the season when he had to keep his side in games almost single-handedly.

His reaction saves seem to resemble some of the memorable stops that the Great Dane managed to somehow pull out of the bag during his illustrious career.

And while it seems an almost impossible task to convince him to avoid returning to the city he left to join United four years ago – having moved from Atletico – hearing how much he could achieve at Old Trafford from a man who will know better than most, may make him reconsider whether leaving is the best idea.

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