Manchester United: David Dea Gea leaves
All those vows that David Dea Gea would be made to honour the final year of his Manchester United contract unless Real Madrid made a world-record offer have been proven wrong. The Spanish goalkeeper has left Old Trafford for Real Madrid.
Real have agreed to pay €25 million (just over £18m) for De Gea – and they’ve thrown in Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica goalkeeper, who is valued at €15 million (about £11.m).
Man United had wanted £35m in cash for their best player – the gangly youth who arrived at Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid for £18.3 million and endured a fraught first season.
The Press waded in on De Gea. Sir Alex Ferguson called them “idiots” for doubting the young man’s talent. Has Fergie made an error in liking the player who had in 2010 attracted a bid from Wigan Atheltic?
In 2013, De Gea told us:
I don’t think people appreciate just how hard it was for me coming to a new country at that age and a different type of football. I knew I had to become bigger physically. You can see now I look different to when I first came here. I have much more muscle. In training the players would deliberately hit high balls into me and barge into me so I would get used to that side of the English game. I actually enjoy the physical side of it all now.
De Gea blossomed at United. That he’s left so soon will surely hurt the club.