Manchester United have resisted Real Madrid’s attempts to swoop for David de Gea with the Spanish goalkeeper opting to remain at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future.
According to a report by Duncan Castles, De Gea had until Wednesday to decide where his future lay due to a special clause written into the renewed contract he signed last year after failing to seal a move to Spain’s capital.
The clause allowed Real Madrid, and Real Madrid only, to sign De Gea for €60 million should the 25-year-old opt to leave and that clause expired on Wednesday June 15th.
De Gea was excellent when called upon by Spain in his country’s opening clash with the Czech Republic on Monday afternoon and has taken over from Iker Casillas as Spain’s number one goalkeeper. He has been United’s number one for quite some time now and his decision to remain at the club will be a huge boost to Jose Mourinho‘s rebuilding job at the club.
United had a decent defensive record under Van Gaal last year but that was based on the amount of sterile possession they held without ever attacking with intent. Expect United to sit deeper under Mourinho and play cutting-edge counter-attacking football when they win it back. A solid back four and goalkeeper are vital to ensuring that tactics works.
In David de Gea, Mourinho has the goalkeeper to stay with him for the entirety of the time he spends at the club as there has been talk of the Portuguese manager’s desire to create a dynasty at the club to rival Sir Alex Ferguson‘s.
If he keeps the world class young talent on his side, it will go a long way to doing just that and in keeping De Gea, he has taken one small step towards convincing the world that Manchester United are on their way back.