According to reports from Spanish outlet Diario Gol, David De Gea was pressurized into signing a new contract with Manchester United by former manager Louis van Gaal.
While Manchester United have struggled over the past four seasons in the Premier League, goalkeeper David De Gea has proven to be a pillar of consistency and one can safely state that the Red Devils’ woes would have been worse if the Spaniard was not around manning the goal.
There was certainly a huge possibility of De Gea leaving United in the summer of 2015 as he had entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and giants Real Madrid were very keen on signing the Spanish international.
A cash plus swap deal involving Keylor Navas had already been agreed but the move fell through in sensational circumstances on deadline day due to a reported problem with the fax machine.
De Gea has since signed a new contract with United and has unsurprisingly proven to be crucial to the Premier League giants’ recovery process in recent years.
Now providing an insight as to why De Gea signed a new deal with United back in 2015, Diario Gol have claimed that former manager Louis van Gaal pressurized the custodian to pen a new deal despite his intense desire to leave.
Van Gaal may have presided over a turbulent time at United as manager but if the reports are true, the Dutchman certainly has to be given credit for helping the Red Devils keep hold of a quality player like De Gea.