So Manchester United fans want Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, deal with this. Real Madrid wants something from you too. And it isn’t Rooney! The Bernabeu giants are reportedly lining up a bid to cart away Manchester United’s first choice safe-hands, David De Gea with Arsenal and Liverpool lurking around Iker Casillas. Real Madrid are envisaging a serious competitionbetween the Manchester United’s goal-keeper and World Cup winning star Keylor Navas for a place between the poles. Now David had recently revealed that he has considered an exit option in the past and could be tempted again if the Old Trafford outfit fails to get a Champions League spot next season.
The former Athletico Madrid star was signed up by erstwhile manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011 for £17m as a possible long term replacement for club legend Edwin van Der Sar and has since made 139 appearances for the Red Devils.
David had been the subject of heavy criticism after a poor start to the season but the young Spaniard silenced his critics when he once again demonstrated his skills over the weekend with an inspiring display against Everton while pulling off several breath-taking saves including a Leighton Baines penalty as the Red Devils went on to bag their second consecutive win of this season.
While many might be quick to dismiss this report, it should be recalled that in slightly over a decade, several of Manchester United players have moved over to the Bernabeu, in fact more players have left Old Trafford to Real Madrid than to any other club. At first it was David Beckham, and then Gabriel Heinze, after a while Ruud van Nisteltrooy, then the latest was in 2009, when they forced the Red Devils into releasing Cristiano Ronaldo. So now that Real are willing to offer De Gea a route back home, the Spaniard might just be tempted to consider this offer.
Manchester United manager is already preparing a big contract extension package for the goalkeeper and it remains to be seen if David will leave a sure ‘numero uno’ position at Old Trafford for a place where he’d have to be in constant competition with the regular Navas, seeing as second fiddle goalkeepers hardly get even scraps of games in a season. However, Real Madrid usually gets their man, and when it even concerns Manchester United, it might be just a matter of time before a big money offer is made and then David gets a cold feet, but then, this is a new era and Louis van Gaal might just decide to stand his ground.