It’s a tragedy worthy of William Shakespeare. A tale of undying love, broken hearts, missed opportunities, treachery, and regret. Despite this David De Gea refuses to give up on his dream of moving to Real Madrid.
The Daily Star reports that the 26-year-old is now urging his close friend Sergio Ramos, 28, to whisper sweet nothings into the ear of Florentino Perez to get a deal done with Manchester United which allows De Gea to return home.
News that Thibault Courtois, 25, is keen on a move to the Bernabeu will make De Gea nervous. The Chelsea goalkeeper is stalling on signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge in the hope that the Spanish champions will make a bid for his services.
Both goalkeepers made their names with Real’s cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid. De Gea broke into the first team in 2009, making his debut in the 0 – 2 defeat at Porto. 84 appearances later, Manchester United took him to Old Trafford in a then-record £18.9m deal.
His spell at the fallen Premier League giants seemed over in 2015 when Real agreed a fee of £29m for De Gea but when the paperwork wasn’t submitted prior to the closure of the transfer window, the deal collapsed.
Since then, no further approaches have come from the Spanish capital for his services and De Gea, tired of waiting, has taken matters into his own hands. It’s not the first time he has exploited his friendship with Ramos to try to provoke Real into making a bid. Indeed, it seems the story surfaces every international break.
Athletic Bilbao’s highly-rated 23-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga, is well-thought of in the Bernabeu but he made it clear that he has no intention of moving to the Spanish capital. That declaration, far from being one of devotion to Athletic, was music to the ears of Arsenal who hold a keen interest in the player.
As one name falls off the list, De Gea, with his six clean sheets, will be hoping for a good Champions League campaign to further his claims for a move to the biggest club in his hometown.