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David de Gea’s former coach suggests goalkeeper could leave Manchester United

David de Gea’s former goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has suggested that the Spaniard may consider a potential challenge elsewhere if Manchester Unitedfail to come close to winning the Champions League. The 28-year-old has been with the Red Devils since the summer of 2011 and during this period, he has transformed into one of the world’s most exciting shot-stoppers.

Despite this, his performances have not quite translated into success for the team as a whole and United have been far off from competing for Premier League and Champions League honours since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club five years ago. Speaking to the Goalkeepers’ Union Podcast, Steele said that De Gea remains fully committed to the Mancunian giants but there could be a time where he may seek a fresh challenge to enhance his Champions League-winning prospects.

He said: “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. 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.”

De Gea was linked with a potential move away from Old Trafford during the summer but the speculation ceased after long-term admirers Real Madrid switched their attention towards Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea and signed him. Nonetheless, there remain concerns regarding the long-term future of the Spaniard with his current deal expiring in eight months’ time.

United are widely expected to trigger an extension clause to prolong his stay for a further 12 months but time is still running out to reward him with a new contract with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain among those keeping a close watch on the proceedings.

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