Transfer sagas have come and gone this summer already. Christian Benteke, Radamel Falcao, Raheem Sterling… David de Gea? Nope.
The Spaniard remains a Manchester United player despite it having been made clear at the very end of last season that Real Madrid were pursuing his signature.
Since then Los Blancos have offloaded Iker Casillas, seemingly clearing space, agreed personal terms with the stopper and De Gea himself has even been dropped for both of the Red Devils’ Premier League games this season.
Alas, he’s still in Manchester, and reports claim that a transfer request is now the last resort for the goalie as he looks to force his move.
Should De Gea make it OFFICIAL that he wants out, there won’t be too much United can do to keep him, and it’s hard to argue against the player must biting the bullet to force the switch… Here are Five reasons it would be career suicide for him not to.
Van Gaal is a fairly brutal manager when it comes to players he does not fancy or those who ‘wrong’ him. The vast quantity of irked professionals to have spoken out against the Dutchman, Hristo Stoichkov’s recent comments being a prime example, make it pretty clear that if you’re out of LVG’s plans, that’s game over.
And with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss having axed De Gea from his side for the opening two games of the Premier League season, there’s a chance that things are not well behind the scenes. Van Gaal made a point of stating that the Spaniard didn’t want to play against Aston Villa, and if this is true then surely the pair’s relationship is being pushed towards breaking point.
Further to this, Van Gaal now has one of his former favourites, Sergio Romero, in the squad, and with two clean sheets from two games, the Argentine could keep his place for the foreseeable future.
At 24, soon to be 25, De Gea is now pushing into his prime years as an athlete. Goalkeepers typically peak in their early to mid 30s, but with the Spanish stopper already one of the best around the coming 12 months are key for his development. So, can he afford a season warming the bench? Or a season playing without 100% motivation?
Probably not. Footballers’ careers are fragile entities, and just a single campaign wasted could have a negative impact on his current trajectory.
As things stand, De Gea is the first in line to take Iker Casillas’ No.1 spot for Spain. Although the La Roja captain has suffered a dip in form over the course of the past few years, he remains the first choice at international level, although the gap has been significantly closed due to the rise of the current Man United star.
Casillas is now plying his trade with Porto, so should De Gea force his move to Real his chances of taking the jersey he’s chasing will surely be boosted. The Spanish media are a powerful entity, and playing for one of the nation’s biggest clubs is sure to have a massive impact in terms of his standing.
Real are known to be ruthless in their transfer dealings. If they want a player, they usually get him, likewise if they lose interest then stars quickly become obsolete… just look at Casillas being forced to Porto this summer.
So there’s a chance that in 12 months’ time the La Liga giants could no longer be after De Gea, especially if he’s forced to sit on the bench at Old Trafford or, if things get worse, train with the reserves.
Football fans, on the whole, have short memories. De Gea may well have been the difference between Champions League qualification and a season in the Europa League last term, and scooped the club’s Player of the Year award, but his pretty open desire to move on is sure to have irked many.
Should he come back in and fall short of the levels of performance he was producing last term, which is feasible given that his motivation is sure to have waned, it may not take too long for supporters to grow frustrated.