Real Madrid’s goalkeeper dilemma could get even stickier, according to new transfer rumours. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is now targeting Manchester United’s young David De Gea, according to Sports Direct News.
Ancelotti has continued former manager Jose Mourinho’s favouring of Diego Lopez. The Portuguese manager controversially dropped longtime club captain Iker Casillas for Lopez back in the 2012-13 season, but the new man has continued to justify his place in the starting 11.
Despite this, Sports Direct News claims that Ancelotti is looking to bring yet another Spanish goalkeeper to the Bernabeu.
De Gea had a rocky start to his time at United and was often criticized for his decision-making and steadiness. However, in the past two seasons, he has silenced many of his critics and established himself as an important part of the United squad — perhaps in part due to a fantastic performance against Los Blancos themselves in the 2013 Champions League round of 16.
He has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise horrific season for the Red Devils by their standards, and his quality is highlighted by a string of four clean sheets in his past seven games.
However, it is unclear what role the former Atletico Madrid man would fill if he returned to the Spansih capital. Lopez has started every La Liga match and Casillas is the go-to man for Copa del Ray and Champions League fixtures.
De Gea was the starting keeper for Spain’s Under-21 European Championship in the summer of 2013 and dazzled alongside current Merengues Isco, Alvaro Morata, Asier Illarramendi, Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez, so perhaps Ancelotti is looking to recreate as much of that winning squad as possible.
For De Gea, a move back to his hometown — albeit to the white side of town — could prove vital to his eventual goal of being called up to the senior Spanish side.