The independent Manchester United supporters' trust (MUST) have conducted a new poll that has revealed a staggering statistic. More than 99% of fans that responded to the Facebook poll voted in favour of retaining the services of their inform Spanish goalkeeper, passing up the chance of signing Bale in the process.
MUST asked all 112,991 of their Facebook followers yesterday what would they do if they had the choice of keep the Spaniard or swap him in a player-plus-cash deal for world class winger Bale. The Telegraph have quoted a spokesperson from the trust as saying that of the 760 participants who responded, more than 99% of those would rather have De Gea than the Welshman.
De Gea has been in phenomenal form for the Red Devils this season and the results of the poll just go to show how much of an important figure he has become in the United squad.
With the keeper in the best form of his life it's not really too surprisingly that he is being linked with a move back to the Spanish capital. Recent reports, however unlikely they may seem, have claimed that United are willing to offer Madrid their keeper plus £50 million to land the former Spurs star.
United fans have been left on tenterhooks as De Gea has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at Old Trafford, and with his current contract expiring in 18 months the club would have to sell sooner rather than later to achieve anything near his market value.
While many might argue that United would much worse off without the 24-year-old, in reality they wouldn't be in too bad a situation if the rumoured deal does materialise. Former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes has just signed on an 18 month deal so Louis van Gaal wouldn't have to look far for a replacement, provided his knee is in solid shape.
Then they would have one of the most revered wingers in world football in Gareth Bale, who was nothing short of sensational in his final seasons at White Hart Lane, and has looked just as good in the white of Madrid. There's no reason he wouldn't be just as brilliant at United, so long as the system suits him and van Gaal can accommodate him in the first team.
At present though none of the reports are based on anything concrete just rumour and speculation. Real president Florentino Perez has recently denied that Bale is unhappy, and according to the BBC, De Gea's new contract talks at United are ongoing.