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Why David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

David De Gea has had another incredible season for Manchester United, a season that ended with him taking home the club’s Player of the Year for the third consecutive time, a first in the club’s history. True, he couldn’t carry the club to Champions League qualification, but could any goalkeeper? He has saved United from even more embarrassment multiple time this season and has proven that he is worthy of being called the best goalkeeper  in the world. And yet, things could’ve been so very different.

Everyone knows about the failure of his transfer to Real Madrid, as the deal went all the way to the very end of the summer window until finally falling through, much to the amusement of United supporters worldwide. But the amusement has now dissipated, as the Daily Mail reported that De Gea is ready to leave United, should Louis van Gaal remain in charge of the club, and that Real Madrid are prepared to pay his £40 million release clause. Even though Guillem Balague of Sky Sports said that De Gea would not be forcing the move, the fear of losing De Gea is still very much there in sections of United’s support. Luckily, I’m not part of any of these sections. I believe that De Gea will continue his stay in Manchester, at least for the upcoming season, and for good reasons, too.

First up, do Madrid even need a goalkeeper? Sure, De Gea would be an improvement for pretty much anyone, but Madrid have got a top class goalkeeper themselves in Keylor Navas. Navas was meant to move to United last summer as part of the De Gea deal, but after the deal fell through Navas made the number 1 spot his own, and has blossomed into one of the best goalkeepers in the world, also well as being a fan favourite. Signing De Gea would mean letting Navas go. and while that was an easy decision last summer, after seeing his form this season Madrid would need to think twice.

And this applies to the other clubs who could afford De Gea. Bayern Munich have Manuel Neuer, and while Paris Saint-Germain don’t have a goalkeeper of that calibre, they do have two fine goalkeepers in their squad already, in Kevin Trapp and Salvatore Sirigu, as well as Alphonse Areola, who is set to return to the French champions after his loan spell at Villarreal. And while you’d think of Barcelona, they couldn’t even pay Nolito of Celta Vigo’s release clause last January, and are currently linked with the massive transfer of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. De Gea might just be a bit of a stretch for them.

That covers why no one would be buying De Gea, but even if Madrid, or anyone else, were to look past their current goalkeepers and move for De Gea anyway, I think that De Gea should still stay at United. With United ending the season outside the top four, and failing to enter next season’s Champions League, you’d think that that would be De Gea’s main motivation to leave. But I think that it’s also why De Gea would want to stay. With Champions League qualification gone, I think there’s a good chance that a change of management could happen at the club. The new manager would have a squad with incredibly talented young players, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw to name just two, that he could use as a base for his new team. This would bring about a new, exciting period for United, and not one that De Gea would want to miss. And even if van Gaal does stay, there’s no guarantee that he won’t be able to lead United to better things, and it would only be another year’s wait.

Losing De Gea is a terrifying prospect, it’s true. Any club would dread the idea of losing their best player. But United fans needn’t worry. The clubs that could snatch De Gea away don’t really have a good reason to sign him, and even then, there’s a good reason for De Gea to stay?

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