Manchester United now hopeful of keeping David de Gea with Champions League football – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are now hopeful of seeing David de Gea remain at Old Trafford this season after claiming a place in next season’s Champions League group stages by winning the Europa League on Wednesday night, according to  reports.

Numerous reports over the last few months have suggested that, with Champions League football still in the balance at Man United and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane determined to replace the disappointing Keylor Navas, it was only a matter of time before De Gea moved to the Bernabeu.

Jose Mourinho recently dismissed the links by noting that the Spaniard would next appear in a red shirt against LA Galaxy in pre-season.

And according to sources at Sky Sports, the 26-year-old could now elect to remain at United in light of securing Champions League football for next season.

Failing to secure a place amongst Europe’s elite would have been the final straw. The Spaniard is simply too good, too blessed with a capacity for the big stage, to be part of a side that has secured Champions League football just once in four seasons.

But the return of Champions League football following victory over Ajax has precipitated an immense change of tone. You sense that important signings will soon arrive and, perhaps just as crucially, that De Gea will want to be part of it.

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