Former Manchester United coach Eric Steele has revealed his opinion that, although David De Gea remains committed to the Red Devils’ cause, the Spaniard could soon seek an exit from the club in search of success.
De Gea’s rise to stardom
28-year-old shot-stopper De Gea made the move to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
The Rojiblancos youth product initially struggled to settle, though, with many having questioned whether or not De Gea would be capable of fulfilling his unquestionable potential under the bright lights of one of world football’s biggest clubs.
The years since, though, have seen the Madrid native do just that, and more.
De Gea has established himself as one of, if not the finest goalkeeper on the planet over recent seasons, cementing his status as Manchester United’s most important player, as well as an ever-present between the posts for Spain.
‘Wants to be a winner’
However, United, as a club, have failed to convert De Gea’s long-standing brilliance into meaningful challenges in either the Premier League or Champions League of late.
And this fact, in the opinion of former Red Devils’ coach Eric Steele, could prove detrimental to the hopes of the Manchester giants regarding holding onto their star man.
Speaking on the Goalkeepers’ Union podcast, Steele explained:
‘If you ask David now, he is fully committed to Manchester United.’
‘He has got a fantastic rapport with the players, the fans but he wants to be a winner and inevitably he might look at his pathway now and think ‘will I get that at Manchester United’, certainly at the moment they are still in the Champions League.’
‘But he sees other clubs getting bigger and stronger, it is becoming more competitive. And he is now 28, is coming into his prime years so it is understandable that he may be looking.’
‘Long may David stay in the Premier League and long may he continue. But you would understand why if he wants to win that ultimate prize. The one thing that’s missing is he wants to win that Champions League.’
‘Will he be gaining that at Manchester United? I hope he does. I really do for the sake of the club because when you have been at somewhere like Manchester United you cannot stop being a supporter just when you leave it.’