Manchester United goal-keeper David De Gea has earned plaudits all over England for his incredible performance this season. However according to reports, Real Madrid are keen to sign the Spaniard and are willing to break the bank in order to snatch him away from Van Gaal. With just 18 months left on his contract, it remains to be seen if De Gea, who was brought on by Sir Alex Ferguson from Atletico Madrid, will continue to stay at Manchester United.

ai???A good goal-keeper is worth 15 points over the course of a seasonai??i??, is how Ferguson rated goal-keepers in his time. David De Gea however, has done that and more. Save after save, he looks like he can salvage Unitedai??i??s entire season single-handedly. His performance against Liverpool exemplified the enormous change in the player who seems to have come a long way from the lanky goal-keeper that he was at the start of his career at Old Trafford.

Playing in front of an extremely shaky, make-shift defence this season has brought the spot-light on David De Gea. The lack of a solid back-line has forced De Gea to step up his game and the Spaniard has indeed risen to the challenge spectacularly. Unitedai??i??s defence under Van Gaal has featured new comers like Rojo and Luke Shaw along with academy graduates such as Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett. Phil Jones, Smalling and Jonny Evans have all suffered various different injuries at different stages in the season which means that Unitedai??i??s defence has been far from consistent.

This inconsistency has left De Gea severely exposed at the back and as Juan Mata put it, the Spaniard has had to make more saves than he ideally should in a game.

“We won, among other things, thanks to the ‘Man of the Match’ David de Gea, who has had yet another great performance. He is in top form. Everybody’s praising him and now we have to keep working so we don’t need so many saves from him in the next few games; we have to get better in that regard.”

“It’s tough to find anyone better than him. He’s been in top form since the beginning of the season and has saved a lot of points for us.ai???

“David gives us complete confidence. Liverpool created chances and they didn’t score because of him.”

However it seems that the Spaniard has caught Real Madridai??i??s eyes who are keen to bring De Gea to Santiago Bernabeu. According to Marca, David De Gea has been targeted by Real Madrid as the long time replacement for Iker Casillas at the Santiago Bernabeu. The report also highlighted that De Gea is keen on a move back to Spain and has already spoken to his agent Jorge Mendes who brought Ronaldo to Real Madrid from Manchester.

Will De Gea Replace Casillas at Real Madrid?

Will De Gea Replace Casillas at Real Madrid?

According to the latest reports, Real Madrid is willing to make a record bid to secure the services of David De Gea who looks set to take the responsibility from Iker Casillas for the Spanish national team in the years to come. With just 18 months left on his contract, Manchester United are probably looking to offer De Gea a bumper offer in order to tie him up at Old Trafford. He has been an instrumental player under Van Gaal with many judging him the best keeper in England, ahead of the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris. Having made the nervous transition from a lanky, over-seas debutant, De Gea has flourished into a composed goal-keeper who has honed himself to make the right decisions in crunch situations. Hence United will ideally look to hold on to De Gea, who at 24 years of age, has his whole career in front of him.

Real Madrid on the other hand hold the golden ticket for the Spanish goalkeeper to come back home to Madrid. However, De Gea was brought up the ranks at Atletico Madrid and hence a move to Real Madrid could be complicated by the fact that he might not look to move to a club that has shared animosity with his child-hood club. Also, Real Madrid currently have in their ranks Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas and hence a move for De Gea at this point of time will make little sense for Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino Perez. Especially after Real Madrid got rid of Diego Lopez to make room for their captain in the starting eleven.

Hence it looks like David De Gea is set to stay at Manchester United and is likely to sign a big contract soon in order to consolidate his near future at the club. But at the age of 24, one can never rule out a move back to Spain for the Spaniard.

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