Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has been singing the praises of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
Spain international De Gea has been in superb form so far this season and has been arguably the best player for the Red Devils.
The 24-year-old struggled to make a positive impression in his debut season in the Premier League in 2011-12, but since then he has been one of the best goalkeepers in England.
De Gea is now a full Spain international, and there are strong suggestions that he will go on to establish himself as the undisputed number one for his country in the coming years.
Redknapp is one of the many footballing figures who is impressed with the former Atletico Madrid star and has underlined his importance to the United team.
“Yet for me it has been 24-year-old De Gea, along with skipper Wayne Rooney, who have been the two key figures in the first half of the season,” the former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur boss wrote in The Sun.
“And if Van Gaal does, as seems increasingly likely, nail down the Spanish goalkeeper’s future in Manchester, that is cause for more celebration than any of the big names he has brought in.”
It is lofty praise indeed from Redknapp to claim that De Gea is as important to United as captain Wayne Rooney, but not many will disagree.
The Red Devils’ defence has not exactly been great, but the Spaniard’s crucial saves have earned them many points.
De Gea’s current contract with United runs out in June 2016, and negotiations over a new deal are going on.
With European champions Real Madrid reportedly interest in De Gea, the sooner United tie him down to a longer contract, the better.