Gary Neville: Keep David de Gea or swap for Real Madrid player
Last Updated: 13/04/15 8:08pm
Manchester United must only let David de Gea leave in return for one of Real Madrid's superstars, says Gary Neville.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been one of the club’s top performers over a difficult past two seasons, but has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer.
Neville concedes that if Manchester United - who have been linked with moves for both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale themselves - are to lose De Gea in the summer, they must take a player off the buying club.
He said on Super Sunday: “United need to try and keep him. If they’re not going to keep him, there’s only one club you can think of that is going to come in for him. United have got to take someone off them.
“He has settled down now and is performing fantastically well. He’s been the best player for United all season, and he’s a candidate for player of the season.”
Neville, who played under United legend Peter Schmeichel at Old Trafford, insists the goalkeeper position is one of the most important in the team.
He added: “When this club - and any club for that matter - don’t have the goalkeeping position settled, it creates anxiety and nervousness all the way through the team."