The departure of Zinedine Zidane, who did not want Real Madrid to push on with a bid for David de Gea, is a blow to Manchester United’s hopes of keeping hold of the Spanish goalkeeper, according to the Sun.
The Sun report that Zidane’s resignation boiled down to transfer business; the Frenchman wanted to press forward with a bid for Eden Hazard; Florentino Perez didn’t, preferring to push ahead with a swoop for De Gea, but Zidane had faith in Keylor Navas.
They say that Zidane stepping down means that Perez will have the freedom to pursue De Gea aggressively this summer, as he sticks to his hands-on approach to signing world superstars to bolster the playing staff.
De Gea has been linked with a new contract at Old Trafford for a number of months, but as yet nothing has been finalised.
For all the big-name players that are already at Old Trafford and may well come in over the summer, De Gea is the most important by far.
He has saved United on countless occasions over the years, yet again being named the club’s Player of the Season and providing the ultimate safety blanket to a defence that still looks shaky, even using Mourinho’s conservative tactics.
He simply cannot be allowed to leave at any price; there are no better goalkeepers on the market and selling a man who is so clearly the club’s best player would be a major backwards step.