Peter Schmeichel believes his former club have handled the David de Gea situation poorly as the Spanish goalkeeper continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Speculation linking De Gea with Real Madrid began in the middle of last season when contract negotiations broke down between the two sides as the final year of his contract approached. Speculation continued throughout the season and has reached an apex this summer.
Neither teams involved or the player himself seem to know how it will end though and Peter Schmeichel has criticised his former club for their handling of the situation:
“If the player is not happy; his agent, himself and the club that want him should have sorted this a long time ago.
“It’s sad that it’s dragged into the season.
“I’d really like De Gea to stay. Two years running he’s been player of the year. You don’t let players like that go but if he wants to go, let him go and let Manchester United move on.”
Schmeichel spent eight years at the club and cemented himself as a club legend with his displays between the posts, even if he did play for Manchester City afterwards but is there any chance De Gea will follow in his footsteps? Probably not.
United will want to get the maximum for their player without being considered soft in their approach to the situation and letting the player leave without a fight would have been disastrous for the future.
Schmeichel is correct in criticising but the situation is a tricky one to begin with and it one that has been handled with the utmost caution from all sides involved.