David de Gear is fast approaching his 10-year anniversary at Manchester United and says he is keen to stay at Old Trafford beyond his milestone.
Knock off a few years and we would be writing another story about the Spanish stopper, who once was the best in the world. The Man United one number has shown loyalty by how long he has been at the club but has thrown tantrums along the way.
De Gea has been around since the Sir Alex Ferguson’s era (2011) and has endured a long spell of brilliant moments and has undergone loads of criticism from the fans and the media. While in Manchester, David settled himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, which later changed to him being named as arguably the best in the world.
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From making a name for himself and establishing himself as the club and country’s number one, a call from home kept coming. Real Madrid was interested in signing the player for consecutive campaigns and was working day and night to get de Gea back home to Spain.
Every move failed as Ed Woodward and Man United pulled out every stopping card. They did what you would do in any situation such as this, offer a player a contract extension with a salary that cannot be denied.
The stopper chose to stay put, committing his future till 2023, with an option to future extend for another year. Just before making the decision to stay for his best years in Manchester, the French monarchs came knocking.
PSG was prepared to make him the highest-paid goalkeeper with a salary of over 400k-per-week, as well as the most expensive goalkeeper transfer in the history of the sports. But again, he chose to stay put.
After this, it’s clear not many teams can lure David away from Man United and he really does want to stay and be named a legend at the club.
Yeah, I’m getting older. Just to be a part of this club is amazing. So imagine, to be nearly 10 years, it’s like a dream. It’s great to play games with this club, so I hope I can be here more years, many years I think the whole team improved a lot [before lockdown]. (Via: Sky Sports)
Going to be difficult with Dean Henderson around
Of recent, the whole of United has been on the rise. This, ahead of the COVID-19 break. The only player really having a tough time finding his world-class form again was David de Gea.
What will make his stay difficult at the club? Is if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides not to sell Dean Henderson to Sheffield United or any other possible suitors. Henderson is arguably the best keeper this season.
The Englishman has only made one costing error leading to a goal while holding onto 10 clean sheets this season. He has more clean sheets than De Gea and forms part of the second-best defence in the Premier League this season. David has already made three errors leading to goals and has only kept eight clean sheets so far.
Henderson will want a starting spot. He will not play second fiddle to David. If he (de Gea) really is looking to stay for a lifetime at Manchester, he needs to tighten his gloves and get a better grip on things in between the sticks.