Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is again subject of interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid, who have reportedly ‘sounded out’ a summer move for the shot stopper. The Mirror report that Carlo Ancelotti’s side are looking to lure De Gea to the La Liga leaders in a £30 million deal, which they also report is ‘keeping United sweating’. The thing is, with the comments made by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, to me it does not suggest that United are ‘sweating’ over the possibility of losing their goalkeeper.
De Gea has 18-months remaining on his current deal at United, meaning in the summer of 2016 he would be able to leave the club on a free, being able to negotiate that move in January 2016, as long as that club is abroad. United have never shown any panic in De Gea’s contractual situation and in the past they have stated that they were not worried about the situation, which suggested that talks with the player and his representatives could have stated and were going well.
Over the last few days, there has been more talk of a new five-year contract extension being sorted with the Sun reporting that De Gea will see his wages boosted to £140,000, which will see him become one of the highest earning goalkeepers in the world. Ian Layman of the Daily Mail also reported this week that United executive vice chairman and De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes would be meeting this month to discuss terms on a new contract, with Ladyman also saying:
“De Gea has not closed his mind to a move back to Spain but he and his parents, who remain influential, are not actively looking to leave Manchester and recently declared themselves happy and settled in the North West.”
Based on everything that has been circulating in the media the last few days, many of the journalists writing the news are credible, it suggests that De Gea will be signing a new contract with Manchester United. Whilst it is not the best predicament to be in right now, De Gea is still contracted until the summer of 2016, so whether his ‘head gets turned’ or not, does not mean that Real Madrid have got their man. Many state that the Spanish giants always get a player they are interested in, but there is always going to be a first time that they don’t and it seems that this could be that first time.
Even Louis van Gaal is not panicking about the contractual situation. He seems to think De Gea will sign a new contract, and we must remember that he has daily contact with the player, which gives the impression that he knows he will stay at the club. Speaking at his Managers Press Conference on Friday after being asked if De Gea will sign a new deal and stay at the Theatre of Dreams, which was reported by the Daily Mail, Louis van Gaal said:
“I think so, yes. I think there is no problem for him to sign. It’s the same as other players. You can ask other players and I can answer the same.
“It’s always like that; when you are a fixed line-up player, then probably you are the best and then the manager is very happy that a player that is fixed in the line-up will stay. It’s always like that.”
The Sun also have quotes from the Dutchman, which again gives a positive message about De Gea staying at the Old Trafford club. Van Gaal was reported to have said:
“De Gea has developed himself in the six months that I’ve been here very much.
“I’m very pleased with his development.
“I think there is no problem for him to sign.”
Many will view the fact the United signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés on Thursday as a negative to the De Gea situation. These same people assume that Valdés will replace De Gea in the team, but Van Gaal confirmed that his new goalkeeper will be number two, which again leads me to believe that De Gea will still be number one and remain at the club. That is me reading between the lines, but I am yet to see anything credible that suggests De Gea would be interested in a move to Real Madrid. Madrid is his home city, but he was an Atlético Madrid graduate, the fierce rivals of Real Madrid.
Surely De Gea would go against his principles to sign for the rival of the club he developed himself with. Some will say that money talks in football, and indeed it does, but De Gea comes across as a player that would not cause such a stir, especially one as big as signing for a direct rival. Fact is, when United sold De Gea, they stuck by him despite the flaws he had. Sir Alex Ferguson had faith in him and De Gea knows that and is thankful for it. I am sure he will want to repay that faith to United, which is why I think he will stay. I guess he will return to Spain at sometime in his career, that is pretty much inevitable, but I see him returning to his former club, rather than their rivals.
De Gea is the current established goalkeeper at United, he position is save, providing he keeps developing and playing at his best, which does not seem to be a problem. It is the performances you put in at your club that get you picked for your international team, and it is only a matter of time before De Gea replace Iker Casillas in the Spanish side. I just don’t see him replacing him at club level also. Real Madrid have Casillas tie to a lucrative contract until 2017, his performances have been pretty good recently, being an integral player to their current position in La Liga. Real Madrid also bought Keylor Navas in the summer, signing him on a six-year contract, which again could cause another problem if another goalkeeper comes in.
One thing is for sure, Real Madrid want all the best players, but that doesn’t always make you the better side. Atlético Madrid beat them in first leg of the fifth round clash of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening, so it goes to show that Real Madrid are not the be all and end all of football as we know it. Having eleven world-class players in your starting eleven does not show that you are the best thing since sliced bread, which is what has been shown on a few occasions this season alone. Real Madrid in my mind want the best players for marketing purposes. The reasons into why they sold Angel Di Maria suggests that. The best player in the La Liga last season for assists, Man of the Match in the UEFA Champions League final. You work out why they actually sold the Argentinian.