Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has failed to dull speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid with comments made in today’s press.
The Daily Mirror report that the Spanish giants are targeting the 24-year-old as they look to find a long-term replacement for club legend Iker Casillas.
And in worrying news for United fans, De Gea has done little to distance himself from a possible move. The Mirror report that when asked about his plans, he responded: “We will see what happens regarding my future. Right now I’m on holiday.”
The Daily Telegraph reported last month that his potential rival for the number one spot at the Bernabeu believes that he would love to see his understudy for the national side join him.
“I’m delighted with the competition. We will have to compete for a place like we do with Spain if he does come here. He can handle the pressure,” he said.
With De Gea’s latest comments, as well as Casillas’ desire to see him sign, it appears that the only stumbling block is whether United decide to sell.
According to the Mirror, the former Atletico Madrid man has just one year left on his current contract, which may force his club’s hand should a bid come in.
While the Mirror has suggested that Louis van Gaal has put together a list of potential replacements – including Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen and Premier League pair Hugo Lloris and Asmir Begovic – losing De Gea would represent a massive blow to United’s plans for next season.
The stopper managed to steer the side through a difficult start to the campaign, and made several saves that evoked memories of Peter Schmeichel. Now the club have qualified for the Champions League, his presence would have given the defence plenty of confidence. Even were they to make a mistake against some of Europe’s best marksmen, he would be able to salvage the situation.