It looks like David de Gea will be staying at Man United this year. Can Louis van Gaal convince the disgruntled stopper to stay long-term?
Man United received a huge boost in their bid to keep goalkeeper David de Gea at Old Trafford with the main contender for his transfer apparently dropping out.
The Metro reported that Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez gave a vote of confidence to incumbent stopper Keylor Navas as the No. 1 goalkeeper for the 2015-16 season. The announcement comes amidst near-constant declarations out of Old Trafford that the 24-year-old De Gea is not for sale. And with a previously reported €40 million valuation, it would likely cost a very pretty penny to seal a transfer for De Gea.
“I only need one goalkeeper on each match, and as long as I have one, I’m happy,” Benitez said. “We wanted to give him (Navas) the chance to play and prove himself and he has done well.”
Navas joined Real Madrid last season on a €10 million buyout from his former team Levante. Navas made just six appearances for the La Liga powerhouse in his first season.
De Gea finished tied for 8th in the Premier League with 10 clean sheets as Man United finished 4th on the league table.