Reports: David de Gea will remain at Manchester United if he becomes Spain's No. 1
Sources have informed ESPN FC that Manchester United might get to keep David De Gea if he starts for Spain at Euro 2016. Old Trafford now eagerly awaits Spain’s head coach, Vincente del Bosque’s green signal to make the United goalkeeper the first choice custodian of the national team.
De Gea has had a brilliant run of form at Old Trafford of late. His performances with United have given rise to many appeals in Spain which speak out in favour of De Gea. But Del Bosque has choosen to stick to Casillas, who after a long career for Real Madrid moved to Porto. There has been a long standing interest from Real Madrid for the 25-year-old goalkeeper, many see as the natural heir to Casillas.
After a failed transfer last year, due to some problem with the fax machine, De Gea stayed put with the Red Devils. Despite, Madrid’s imminent transfer ban and the Spaniard’s contract extension, the rumours have not died down. There are reports that his girlfriend apparently prefers Spain over England. From a personal perspective, De Gea does stand a higher chance to be the 2010 World Cup winners’ first choice keeper if he shifts base to Madrid.
Sources close to De Gea revealed that if he manages to become the No. 1 for the Spanish national team he would be more than happy to stay at United. What would come as a welcome news for the Old Trafford faithful is that he recently expressed his desire to emulate the club’s legendary goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel.
Despite moving out of Spain and a notable drop in performance levels, Casillas still stands firm between the posts for La Roja. It is, however, understood that his position is under review and with the way De Gea is performing with the Manchester-based club, it won’t be too long before he displaces the former Real Madrid captain.
De Gea has already signed a new four-year deal with United at the close of the last summer window. With the Euros coming up at the end of the season, he would hope he is named the first choice Spanish goalkeeper sooner, rather than later.