David de Gea’s performance for Manchester United against Arsenal at the weekend has been recognised around Europe.
Gazzetta dello Sport included the stopper in the European Team of the Week, and gave him 9/10, a mark which isn’t handed out for pretty good performances, as in England sometimes.
In Spain, there’s obviously a joy they have such a good goalkeeper having a great season ahead of the World Cup, and inevitably Real Madrid rumours have been touched upon. El Confidencial, who have a good history on Real Madrid transfers, state the club haven’t completely given up yet, but they paint a very negative picture.
It’s explained that whilst Jose Mourinho can be a difficult manager to work for, he’s completely the opposite if he feels a player is genuinely brilliant. And that’s the case with De Gea.
Mourinho isn’t short of praise with De Gea and happily calls him the “best in the world,” which helps keep the goalkeeper happy. El Confidencial say De Gea’s move to Manchester United was about winning trophies and he feels that’s on track at the moment.
Still, Madrid have some faint hope, and there’s an outline idea of offering Gareth Bale to convince Manchester United. But the ‘dynamics have changed radically’ under Mourinho, it’s explained, and whilst De Gea still has a desire to return home, it’s no longer an ‘urge’… and Real Madrid know all of this, hence their serious interest in Kepa.
El Confidencial also point to their article of a few days ago, when De Gea was quoted, or paraphrased, as telling Jorge Mendes: “Real Madrid? I’m the goalkeeper of Manchester United and Spain. What more could I ask for?”