Manchester United are close to tying their inform goalkeeper, David De Gea with a new and improved £150,000 a week deal which would keep the Spaniard at Old Trafford for at least 5 more years. This is coming at a time that the Spanish football fans and enthusiasts are clamouring for the Manchester United keeper to replace the error-prone Iker Casillas.
The Real Madrid shot stopper has seen his form on a decline for some time now, suggesting that perhaps, time has come for the veteran goal keeper to pave way for the younger De Gea. There are doubts with regards to the longevity of Casillas as it seems error have crept into the Spaniard’s game in recent times. First, it was Jose Mourinho who made it known the the Real Madrid hero is past his best. But the Spanish media believed he was just on a mission to witch-hunt their saviour. Enter Ancelotti. The veteran Italian tactician, while not ready to incurs the wrath of the Bernabeu fans made sure he rotated the goal post personnel, using Casillas more in the European stage and deploying Diego Lopez for most of the La Liga games. And recently, Casillas was guilty of a costly mistake during Spain’s defeat at the hands of lowly-rated Slovakia. After that game, there have been calls from some quarters that the Real Madrid goalkeeper should be replaced by David De Gea who has been in an impressive form for Manchester United lately.
But the Red Devils should not jump up and be joyful just yet. The brilliant form of Dr Gea have seemingly attracted a lot of people, even in his homeland. Real Madrid are beginning to monitor David’s impressive form and there are rumours going round that the Spanish giants are considering the possibility of replacing Casillas with De Gea. It seems the Los Blancos are keen to install Manchester United’s in-form keeper as a long term successor to their veteran shot stopper, Casillas.
De Gea’s two last gasp saves secured all three points for the Red Devils when they faced Everton in their last EPL match before the international break. This brilliant display has not gone unnoticed. And while the Spaniard is yet to sign a new contract with his current deal set to expire by 2016,the Old Trafford hierarchy will want to make absolute sure that the Spaniard doesn’t slide from their hold. De Gea’s arrival from Athletico Madrid some seasons ago followed a series of underperformances so much so that at a point in time, the Spaniard seem to question himself on whether he made the right decision coming to Manchester United. All that seem to have past now. David De Gea, having spent enough time in the Premier League has now come to terms with the style of game found in England and adapted well to it. He is now a big fish with nowhere to hide. It would be a great disaster for Manchester United to lose grip of the promising Spaniard at this stage of his career, which explains the reason the powers that be at Old Trafford would want to tie him down with an improved contract, thereby nullifying the possibility of Real Madrid or any interested party snapping him up.