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Guillem Balague: David de Gea is comfortable at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has confirmed that David de Gea is comfortable at Manchester United amid rumours of a potential move to Real Madrid.

Several reports have suggested that Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, unhappy with Keylor Navas’ display between the sticks this season, has reignited the club’s interest in the Spaniard ahead of the summer transfer window.

Jose Mourinho, however, is confident of keeping De Gea at Old Trafford over the summer after securing a place in the Champions League group stages for next season.

And according to Balague, the 26-year-old is in no rush to leave Man United any time soon.

“Why would Manchester United want to sell? They have one of the best goalkeepers in the world and they want to be challenging for the bigger titles. It doesn’t make sense,” he said.

“But what’s interesting is that De Gea is quite comfortable at United and in the city of Manchester, so he’s not in a rush to go unless they don’t want him.

“My feeling is that De Gea isn’t really in a rush to leave.”

This is the exact impression you get from studying De Gea’s overall demeanour: he is not, you sense, somebody to aggressively push for a move elsewhere. It is not in his nature to push for a Bernabeu move like, say, Cristiano Ronaldo.

One pre-requisite for De Gea, however, must be Champions League football. The Spaniard is too good to spend three seasons out of four outside Europe’s elite, and the prospect of a place in the group stages next season may have been enough to keep his attentions firmly on the task at hand in Manchester.

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