Sky Sports pundit Craig Bellamy believes it is only a matter of time before Real Madrid prise away David de Gea from Manchester United. The Spain international joined the Red Devils from Atletico Madrid for a British-record fee for a goalkeeper in 2011, and he has gone on to establish himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world.
Speaking on Sky Sports show The Debate, Bellamy, who has previously plyed his trade for arch-rivals Manchester City, suggested that Los Blancos could revive their long-term interest in De Gea in the summer after failing in their attempt to secure his services back in 2015.
“He is the real deal and I have always felt that Real Madrid have been looking for him to be their No 1 for a number of years. And it is just a matter of time before they get him. His footwork is brilliant, he anticipates as well, he can read forwards and if you watch, he makes a lot of his saves with his feet. He is incredible,” he said.
Keeping De Gea is likely to be United’s prime priorities for the summer, and talks are said to be already underway to commit him to a fresh deal beyond June 2019. In contrary, a report from Sport claims that United have set a £115m fee for world-class shot-stopper, but even at that sum, it would be a surprise if the club sanction his sale with no financial burden at hand.
De Gea has already picked up 18 clean sheets across all competitions for United this term, and he will be seeking to extend this tally further when the club face-off against Newcastle United on Sunday.