In what looks to be a busy summer at the Bernabeu, one of the prime targets being mooted for a move to the Spanish capital remains Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Spaniard has long been touted as the natural heir to former Real hero Iker Casillas, and he almost made a return back to the city he grew up in two years ago, only to be denied by a last ditch fax machine faux pas.
The talented goalkeeper has since buckled down and continues to excel domestically, and is considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the Premier League at present. However, interest from Madrid seems to have cooled over the last few weeks, at least certainly if president Perez’ latest comments from his interview on Spanish radio station Onda Cero are to be believed.
The 70-year old recently got to reminiscing about that ill fated move for De Gea two summers ago, and highlighted that it was partly fuelled by a lack of knowledge and trust in current Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas’ abilities.
“Since then, the staff and players have grown to love him,” said Perez of the popular Costa Rican stopper.
Perez was also asked about Italian youngster Gianluigi Donnarumma, another goalkeeper linked to Real Madrid, after the player refused to extend his contract with current club AC Milan.
The club chief went on to confirm his admiration of the player, who many believe will go on to emulate the legendary Gianluigi Buffon’s achievements with the Italian national team.
Of course, all this may just be the calm before the storm, and De Gea’s nationality would inevitably be one of the most important criteria Madrid may look at in trying to make him their No.1 target.
United fans, however, will be praying the Spanish giants look elsewhere rather than prise away their best player in the last few years, which will definitely make their summer a case of 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
Written by Naren Madan
Freelance writer with an insatiable appetite for all things football. Up the Chels!