Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea may never get another chance to join Real Madrid, says Gaizka Mendieta.
After the Spain international’s summer switch to the Santiago Bernabeu crashed and burned in the final hours of the transfer window, he is considering signing a new long-term contract with the Red Devils.
Relations between the two clubs have been strained as blame is thrown around over whose fault it was that the move did not go through, but Mendieta says that De Gea will have to accept the frustration.
“Let’s see what happens now because both sides are upset with what happened, both seem to be blaming each other,” he told Omnisport.
“I think, on the player’s side, it’s hard. I’m not sure if we will see another chance for De Gea to go back to Madrid.
“He certainly is going to be the best goalkeeper for Spain in the next couple of years.”
Former United keeper Edwin van der Sar is similarly bemused by the unusual circumstances of the failed deal and feels that De Gea’s next step is hard to predict.
“It’s a strange situation,” Van der Sar remarked.
“[He’s been] one of the best goalkeepers of the last two years and, the way the situation unrolled, it’s not nice for the player or for the clubs. So we’ll see what happens; I know Louis quite well and I’m not sure!