Former Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has urged Manchester United to block David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid, and see that the stopper stays for the remaining year of his contract at Old Trafford.
The former Atletico Madrid keeper has been in stunning form this season, and without him Manchester United would almost certainly have not made a return to the top four under new manager Louis van Gaal.
His deal with the Red Devils expires next summer and with no extension having been signed, his future has inevitably been under the spotlight with Real Madrid poised to make a move within the next few weeks. In recent quotes [via the Mirror] from his Spanish international team-mate and current Los Blancos goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, his transfer could be close to completion.
Ray Wilkins, however, has told Louis van Gaal that even if De Gea is itching for a return to Madrid, the Spaniard should see out his current contract that he has with the club – despite that meaning United could lose their star stopper on a free transfer at the end of next season.
“I’m a little bit saddened by this shout of, ‘if he wants to go, let him go’. My shout is if he is under contract then he stays,” as quoted by the Express.
“I’m not concerned if he is unhappy. He was prepared to take that cash and prepared to sign that contract. I would keep him,” he added.
“You have to have a qoalkeeper of immense quality if you are going to pick up the top honours in football.
“They save you ten, 12 points a season, they pull off a save in a Champions League game that keeps you in a tie.”
With Manchester United [via Bleacher Report] after £30m for his signature, it would be a huge blow if one of Europe’s finest in between the posts was to become a free agent – particularly to the Old Trafford bank account. At 24-years-old De Gea is likely to only improve and could command an even higher fee this time next year.