Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea has been earmarked as the future number one for Real Madrid.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea deservedly won the club’s Player of the Year award after performing excellently throughout the campaign.
The 23-year-old’s stock has grown since his move from Atletico Madrid, and his inclusion in the Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup and the experience gained will further aid his status.
While the Red Devils see the Spaniard as a goalkeeper at Old Trafford for the next decade, reports in Spain have hinted that Real Madrid also see the shot-stopper with a long-term future at the Santiago Bernabeu - as the ideal heir to Iker Casillas.
Casillas, 33, is arguably past his prime and the World Cup in Brazil could be his last major international tournament with La Roja. With club side Madrid, his first-team appearances are waning as he shares the number one spot with fellow goalkeeper Diego Lopez.
With talks that Lopez is to be sold ahead of next season, there have been some suggestions that Madrid could make the move for United’s De Gea as early as this summer, a situation which would undoubtedly put pressure on new boss Louis van Gaal.
However, it appears that the Dutchman and United’s supporters have no need to fret just yet, as Lopez’s representative Manuel Garcia Quilon has confirmed that his client is staying at Madrid following rumours of a move to Napoli.
'Diego Lopez will continue in Real Madrid. It surprises me that they talk of other teams for Diego because he is not going to move from Real Madrid. The idea for the player and his family is to remain at the Madrid club', he said, quoted by Spanish publication AS.
De Gea played 37 Premier League games for United last season, keeping 13 clean sheets. His contract with the Manchester outfit expires in 2016, with talks of a new deal being set up in a bid to fend off any potential interest, especially from European champions Madrid.