Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is undecided on David De Gea’s future at the current moment in time, according to reports. The Spain international has been at the club ever since joining from Atletico Madrid back in the summer transfer window of 2011. However, despite becoming the stuff of Old Trafford legend over the years, a parting of the ways could be on the cards come the end of the season.
Manchester United decided to back De Gea this summer by loaning out Dean Henderson, who had been his main rival when it comes to the No 1 jersey.
Yet though he’s done well enough, there’s still a sense he’s struggling to play out from the back as Ten Hag looks to implement his own style.
De Gea’s current contract expires at the end of the season and, currently, United are yet to tie him down to a renewal.
They’ve also not triggered the one-year extension per a clause in the 31-year-old’s contract, either, leading to speculation to arise.
According to 90min, Atletico Madrid are eyeing the goalkeeper on a free transfer – having previously helped mould De Gea into the superstar goalkeeper he is today.
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And it’s claimed Ten Hag is undecided on the Spain international, which doesn’t exactly help to add clarity to the matter.
Ten Hag opted to back De Gea because of his experience and talent, while he was also a shining light under Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last term.
But with football evolving, and the veteran approaching the twilight years of his career, a departure at the end of the season is possible.
United will welcome back Henderson then, despite the Nottingham Forest loanee criticising the club for their failure to grant him more game time.
Upon exiting Old Trafford, he said: “I didn’t want the manager to come in and be able to see me in training.
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“I knew he’d probably want to keep me, so I tried to do it all before I left for the season. I told all the hierarchy I need to go and play football, I don’t want to be here playing second fiddle.
“It was all planned out. I was almost gone before the manager came through the door and I haven’t spoken to him since.
“To be honest with you, it’s probably been the toughest 12 months of my career.
“It’s been tough, it’s been hard and I’m so happy I’ve got out the other end of it. I’m so excited to be here and ready to go.”
United are unlikely to penalise Henderson for his comments.
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But they could also look at landing a world-class replacement for De Gea, with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak being linked.
The Slovenia international, who starred as Diego Simeone’s side won La Liga in 2021, is said to be weighing up his future over in Spain.
Everton’s Jordan Pickford has also been tipped to join, too, though the Toffees won’t want to lose their prized asset without a fight.
Yet United may still feasibly try and keep hold of De Gea, especially given how he’s become a huge hero during his 11 years in Manchester.
Meanwhile, former Tottenham and Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson thinks Henderson would be the best replacement for De Gea between the sticks.
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“If De Gea goes, I would expect them to look again at Dean Henderson,” he said recently.
“It has to be an option for them. They cannot presume that it is not an option.
“If De Gea is to leave it is a matter of urgency that they sign at least one goalkeeper because [Martin] Dubravka is only on loan.
“They have Tom Heaton there, who is a top goalkeeper, but he will not want to be number three for the rest of their career.
“There could be a lot of change. They have to get it right if they want to challenge at the top again.”
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