After leaving Manchester United in the summer, David de Gea made himself visible in the city again this week as he continues his search for a new club.
De Gea spent 12 successful seasons at Old Trafford, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League during that time, before leaving on a free after negotiations over a new contract extension collapsed in the summer.
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He is a Premier League Golden Glove winner with far more clean sheets than his top-flight contemporaries after finishing the 2022-23 season, and has found himself without a club since leaving United at the start of July.
De Gea departs as United’s seventh-highest ever appearance maker, having played 545 games in all competitions, but we are now well into the 2023-24 season and he remains a free agent.
The Spanish international has returned to his old stomping grounds in recent days, as has Andre Onana, his direct replacement at United’s no. 1, has had a poor start to life at Old Trafford.
Onana, who arrived from Champions League runners-up Inter Milan for £47.2million in the summer, has already scored 16 goals in his first 11 appearances and made a number of high-profile errors in his first United career, leading many fans to question. Manager Erik ten Hag’s seemingly unwavering faith in the Cameroon international.
By pure coincidence, De Gea was out in Manchester this week. The 32-year-old was spotted at Leigh Sports Village on Tuesday, where she was watching the Red Devils women’s team take on their first Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
The following evening, De Gea met fellow Spaniard Sergio Reguilon for a bite to eat and posted a photo on his Instagram story The full-back is on loan at United from Tottenham Hotspur this season.
That said, with the 26-year-old defender no one can accuse Reguillon of taking sides when it comes to Manchester United goalkeepers past and present. Making a public show of his support for Onana He made a serious handling error in last month’s 4-3 defeat by Bayern Munich.
Despite finding himself at a loose end professionally over the past few months, the summer hasn’t been entirely unpleasant for De Gea, who Married to long-term partner and Spanish pop star Edurne Garcia His United departure was made official just days before, at a lavish ceremony on the island of Menorca in July.
De Gea was reportedly close to a summer move to the Saudi Pro League with Al Hilal, but a link up with Neymar Not implemented in Riyadh. He has been linked with a succession of major European clubs such as Real Madrid, Bayern, PSG, Sevilla and Real Betis, who are said to have considered offering him a contract.
He made a point Sharing footage of her fitness regime on social media As if to show any potential suitors that his goalkeeping skills are still honed and that he is taking his physical conditioning seriously with or without teammates to train with.
Who knows, with Onana struggling for form and yet to quite win over many at United, perhaps an exciting Old Trafford return for De Gea isn’t as far-fetched as it once seemed?