Man United legend urges Louis van Gaal to ‘fight tooth and nail’ to keep Real Madrid transfer target

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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has pleaded with the club to do everything to keep hold Real Madrid target David De Gea, reports the Daily Star.

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The 24-year-old has refused to sign a new £200,000-a-week deal to stay at Old Trafford beyond the end of next season, and Los Blancos could pounce as a result. However, they are apparently unwilling to pay his £30 million-asking price, meaning the transfer saga is likely to go on and on.

“I would be upset if he left this summer because I’m certain he could go on to make multiple hundreds of appearances for United – and end up winning more medals than me,” Schmeichel said.

“There is no reason I can see why he wouldn’t be successful if he stayed for the rest of his career.

“Whatever David would want in a new contract, if I were Van Gaal, I would fight tooth and nail to keep him happy in Manchester. Let’s face it, the number of games where David saved United three points or one point is the reason why they were fourth in the table. He has just been unbelievable.”

The Spain international was vital in the Red Devils’ fourth-place finish last season, helping to cover their shaky back line.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Jonny Evans looked error-prone while in action, and youngsters such as Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett were also thrown in during an injury crisis, meaning the Spanish stopper found himself with a lot of work to do during the campaign.

However, it seems like manager Louis van Gaal is already planning for life without the former Atletico Madrid man.

They have been linked with moves for Ajax star Jasper Cillessen and Tottenham ace Hugo Lloris by the Metro, both of whom would likely only join if they were going to be first-choice. Ex-Barcelona hero Victor Valdes is already at Old Trafford, and could potentially be considered as a ready-made replacement.

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