Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is running the risk of pushing De Gea closer to the exit door, claims the English media.
The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has been one of the best players for the club for a couple of seasons now, and he has helped them immensely in their journey this season as well.
De Gea was wanted by Spanish giants Real Madrid a couple of summers ago, but a technical problem made sure that he stayed at Old Trafford till date. However, with Zinedine Zidane desperate for his signature, Manchester United might cash in on the 26-year-old this summer.
Real Madrid have used Keylor Navas as their first choice this season, but he has been far from effective in goal, and is expected to be sold at the end of the season. Therefore, Zidane wants De Gea to return to his homeland, and be the first choice for the La Liga club next season.
According to reports from the Manchester Evening News, Mourinho might be making this decision easy for the Spaniard.
The 26-year old was left out of the semi-final tie against Celta Vigo for Sergio Romero, and the news outlet further adds that De Gea will confirm his exit if he is not in the starting lineup in a week’s time at Stockholm for the finals.
A chance to return to his homeland, to play for arguably the most successful club in modern times, might be too good for De Gea to pass off, and it is now up to Mourinho to keep him at the club. He is trying to offer the Spaniard a new deal, but it increasingly looks like the goalkeeper is heading towards the exit, and Mourinho is playing his part.
Surely, sitting on the bench against Ajax in the final could all but seal this move.
Written by Aakarsh Bommakanti
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