Manchester United icon Gary Neville has urged his former club to hold on to goalkeeper David de Gea, despite interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Ex-Red Devils captain Neville told Sky Sports that the European Cup holders remain de Gea’s most likely destination if he does depart during the summer transfer window.
However, he feels the Spaniard, who has arguably been his side’s stand-out player this term, should only be allowed to return to his homeland if United get their hands on a Real player in exchange.
Neville said: “If they’re not going to keep him, there’s only one club you can think of that is going to come in for him (Real Madrid). United have got to take someone off them.”
United’s chances of keeping hold of one of their most valuable assets have been given a major lift in recent weeks, thanks to an upturn in form which has seen them beat the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Louis van Gaal’s side look on course to secure Champions League qualification, which will not only put them in a stronger position to retain the services of their best players, but also lift their hopes of attracting more stellar names to Old Trafford.