Manchester United have long prepared for the departure of goalkeeper David de Gea, as he has been linked to a move to Real Madrid.
De Gea is in the final year of his contract and is not starting in the net for the Red Devils. Longtime Man United defender Gary Neville weighed in with criticism of the De Gea transfer soap opera.
“This has been badly managed by United. Make no mistake. To allow a player of this quality not to extend a couple of years ago – why wasn’t his deal extended in that period?” Neville asked, according to the Daily Express.
Neville played 19 seasons with Man United while helping lead them to a whopping eight Premier League titles.
Spanish international De Gea has spent the last four years of his career at Old Trafford, proving to be one of the top goalies in the world.
However, the 24-year-old has desired to return to his home country. He previously played with Atletico Madrid before transferring to Man United.
Man United have already prepared for life without de Gea, as they brought in Sergio Romero on a free transfer deal.
Red Devils boss has chosen to roll with Romero as the starter, as he feels that the transfer rumours surrounding De Gea are too much of a distraction for him.
Romero has been successful so far, as he has yet to concede a goal in a Red Devils jersey after two starts.
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