David De Gea can become as good as Manchester United legends Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar if he stays at the club.
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That’s the belief of Red Devils goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek who is the man behind the 24-year-old’s stunning season at Old Trafford.
Hoek says even he, one of the world’s most highly regarded coaches for keepers, has been surprised an impressed with De Gea’s development, particularly this season, and says he believes he will continue to improve.
“He is now at one of the biggest club in the world,” Hoek told Man Utd Poland, via ESPN.
“The moment you are playing at a high level there, you’re great and if you continue to do that, then automatically you become one of the better ones in the world.
“He showed at a very young age — he became 24 this season — that he is able to do the job in all elements of the game, in construction, but also in defence.
“So nothing stands in his way to become one of the best like Schmeichel, like Van der Sar at United.”
Perhaps it’s that good form that has, aversely, meant De Gea is such a major transfer target for Real Madrid this summer with a move back to Spain touted on an almost daily basis.
De Gea signed for Manchester United in 2011 for around £18 million from Atletico Madrid – however his contract expires at the end of next season and it looks precarious as to whether he will sign an extension and could even leave the club this summer so United can at least get a decent fee.