Ex-Man Utd goalkeeping coach makes De Gea prediction
1 months ago, 13 Nov 18:19
Former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele thinks David de Gea could leave the club to realise his dream of winning the Champions League.
The Spain international has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League with United but he is yet to win the Champions League.
De Gea’s current deal runs out in the summer – although United do have the option to extend this by a further year – and talks have been ongoing for several months.
Jose Mourinho’s men have had a poor start to the season in the Premier League and are currently 12 points off the pace.
However, they do have a chance in the Champions League this season as they sit second in their group with the third and fourth-placed teams to play in their final two matches.
Steele, though, wouldn’t be surprised if De Gea is considering his future at the club with United seven points off Tottenham, who occupy the final Champions League spot in the league.
“If you ask David now, he is fully committed to Manchester United,” Steele told the Goalkeepers’ Union podcast.
“He has got a fantastic rapport with the players, the fans but he wants to be a winner and inevitably he might look at his pathway now and think ‘will I get that at Manchester United’ certainly at the moment they are still in the Champions League.
“But he sees other clubs getting bigger and stronger, it is becoming more competitive. And he is now 28, is coming into his prime years so it is understandable that he may be looking. But until somebody tells me he is leaving I think he will be fully committed.
“Long may David stay in the Premier League and long may he continue but you would understand why if he wants to win that ultimate prize. The one thing that’s missing is he wants to win that Champions League.
“Will he be gaining that at Manchester United? I hope he does I really do for the sake of the club because when you have been at somewhere like Manchester United you cannot stop being a supporter just when you leave it.
“So ideally I want him to stay and give great value to Manchester United and to the Premier League.”
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