David De Gea doesn’t want Real Madrid, that should be pretty clear now…


Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea nearly left the Theatre of Dreams in the summer of 2015, on deadline day in Spain, before some late paperwork scuppered the deal. The Premier League had already started and De Gea was sitting in the stands in the weeks before the failed transfer. In September 2015, the Spanish number one signed a new contract with the Old Trafford club, one which would expire in the summer of 2019, with a further year which could be added on at any time. Since then, De Gea has gone from strength to strength.

Fast forward to this season, De Gea had kept 14 clean sheets in 24 Premier League matches, winning 16 of the matches played, losing just three – the rest were draws. De Gea has conceded just 16 goals in the league this season, making 80 saves – some of those have shown his abilities as a goalkeeper who is currently challenging to be the best goalkeeper in the world. De Gea is happy at United, especially after United have seemingly turned a corner under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, winning two major honours last season.

It has been suggested for a number of months now that Real Madrid, a club still searching for a goalkeeper for the future of their club, had found just that. It was not De Gea or Chelsea’s Thibault Courtois. It was Kepa Arrizabalaga of Athletic Bilbao. The 23-year-old had seemingly caught Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane’s eye and was the heir to the goalkeeping position currently held by Keylor Navas, a player who was seemingly on his way to Manchester on deadline day in Spain in 2015.

Reports have suggested that Kepa has rejected a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this winter, wanting to see out the remainder of the season at San Memes, possibly in a bid to make the Spain squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, not that he will get ahead of De Gea, who is the current Spanish number one. Of course, this news means only one thing to the media in England, Real Madrid will come back for De Gea this summer, which was also said last summer and the summer before that. It is like the media are just trying to make money by writing crap.

The fact is, why would De Gea want to leave Manchester United when they have some stability now. The club are on the cusp of announcing Alexis Sanchez as the clubs new number seven, which is a big deal after the squad number has not been occupied by a world-class player since Cristiano Ronaldo vacated it back in the summer of 2009, heading to Madrid himself. United have stability in their manager, Jose Mourinho, who has already brought two major honours to the club last season, opting for more this season.

United’s squad seems to be full of talent, not necessarily at the top of their game yet, but something is working in the background and when it comes good, the world will see the true United again. Manchester City have already benefited from this and United will not be all that far behind. There is a void in the Premier League already with Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal far behind United. I don’t see why any player would want to leave this United squad as they will see more than we can as to what is developing in the background.

Then there is the problems at Real Madrid. Yes, they have a history of success and are the current La Liga, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup holders, but that history means nothing when you see the state of the team in La Liga this season, sitting in fourth place, 19 points adrift of leaders Barcelona and sitting behind Atletico Madrid and Valencia with Villarreal close on their heels. Having Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale do not seem to be doing Real Madrid much this season as they seem miles away from their rivals and likely to suffer big time this season.

There is a chance Real Madrid could fail to earn a place in the Champions League next season, something which will be a big shock to them and their supporters. I remember Real Madrid supporters mocking United when they finished seventh in the Premier League after that terrible season under David Moyes, failing to earn a place in any European competition – a team who were the Premier League champions a year before. If you give, be prepared to receive. Real Madrid’s fans will deserve what is heading their way.

Leaving Manchester for Madrid may have been something De Gea wanted in the summer of 2015, but things change. The player has stated his happiness at the club over the last few seasons and is in the early stages of extending his current contract at the Theatre of Dreams. Does that suggest he is still the player who would want to leave for Real Madrid? In the past, a contract renewal would suggest the club would expect to get a much bigger fee for the player, but with his contract renewal in 2015, that never happened despite reports of a release clause being added then.

If De Gea renews with United this season, it will be because he wants to continue at the club, which could be attributed to the fact that Jose Mourinho has turned a team of players who did not know how to succeed into a team who are back up they and contesting with the best to achieve. United earned a UEFA Champions League place by winning the UEFA Europa League last season and got out of their group with relative ease. Continuing that will be what De Gea and United want to do.

I’m not saying United will win the Champions League this season but I won’t say they will not win it either. United have just as good a chance as any other team right now. All the teams that remain in the elite European competition have earned their place and I will not be easy to reach the final in Kiev on the 26th May 2018, exactly 19 years since United completed the treble, and again on the same day of Sir Matt Busby’s birthday, one of the greatest manager’s Manchester United has ever seen.

There is much more to attain at Manchester United right now than there is in Madrid. Real Madrid are having a poor season, that could see them into a period of decline. It is all well and good having some of the greatest players in the world in your team, but Real Madrid have not exactly achieved a lot with those players. Some will say they have won the Champions League more times than any other club, which is a fact, but the fact is the team Real Madrid have has underachieved massively. Barcelona have dominated domestically, which is where they have fallen short.

Madrid’s supporters will mock United for their five-year spell without winning a league title, forgetting that it was five years before their last league title win, prior to last season – and four years before the one prior to that. The truth is, United is the club for De Gea. Madrid may be where the stars are at, but that does not mean you will be successful there. De Gea was made by United, given the grace of Sir Alex Ferguson, despite looking like a flop for a spell, and entrusted by the clubs supporters. That day he came good was great.

If De Gea wants a challenge, he has that with Manchester City, their spending and the so-called genius of football – Pep Guardiola. This guy only knows how to win by taking charge of teams with a backbone already, tweaking things to suite his style and being loved by the media for that – whereas other managers want to get involved with all aspects, giving youth a chance, developing players already at the club and nurturing talent. United has that, City have a chequebook manager willing to buy success, but it is United breaking the back of football by beating City to players…

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