Former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele hopes David de Gea will stay at the club after they made him one of the best players in the world.
De Gea has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months as he continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Man United bought the Spaniard as a skinny youngster back in 2011 and Steele played a part in transforming him into the keeper he is today.
Steele explained why United bought De Gea so early on his career and urged him to stay at the club.
Speaking about De Gea, Steele said: ”We knew what we were buying, we were buying potentially one of the best goalkeepers in the world, not just in Europe.
“Sir Alex had a great belief in young players in his 27 years but he’d never gone and got a goalkeeper at 19. But he backed that goalkeeper and the one that you are seeing now four years on is the one we expected to see, but we knew it would take time.
“Peter Schmeichel didn’t go to United until he was 28. Edwin van der Sar was at United when he was 40. His best years are still to come. At 24, he’s won a Europa League, he’s won two U21 Championships. He’s a winner. I’d put him in the top four or five in the world, but again, he’s still learning.
“Personally, I’d love him to stay because I think he’s done a fantastic job. I’m hoping the lure of Champions League football might just tempt David but there’s only one man who knows the answer of where he wants to go.”
Many supporters feel De Gea owes them another season at United after they stood by him during his difficult first year at the club.
It would certainly be a shame to lose the 24-year-old but his girlfriend and family are in Madrid. It would be hard to begrudge anyone a move if it meant they could be closer to their loved ones.