Rio Ferdinand has slammed Manchester United for their handling of David de Gea’s situation as he enters the final day of his contract at Old Trafford.
De Gea, 32, has been negotiating a new deal with the club for several months but they are yet to come to an agreement and it seems unlikely that one is found in the final hours.
Whilst there are many that believe that United require an upgrade between the sticks, with Inter’s Andre Onana among the options to replace him, Ferdinand believes that the club should’ve dealt with the entire situation in a better manner.
“Put aside whether you think David de Gea is good enough, he’s been an unreal servant to the football club,” he stated on his YouTube channel. “Twelve years I think he’s had at the club, been player of the year four or five times and been the best player in a few of those years. He had moments where it didn’t go well but in the main he served the club remarkably well.
“There’s a lot of people calling for him to leave, some will say he should stay, there’s a new style of goalkeeper that they want, that’s understandable.
“Erik ten Hag has a type of goalkeeper that he wants and if De Gea isn’t that goalkeeper then he has to hold his hands up and say ‘you know what, I love it here, I’ve had a great run here but if the manager doesn’t want me then I have to go, or be no.2’, whatever.
“I’m just a little bit gutted with the way that the club have handled the David de Gea situation. I think it comes down to communication.”
There have been conflicting reports on the saga, with recent developments stating that De Gea had agreed to a deal before United taking it off the table and putting one back which had even-further-decreased wages.
The Spaniard himself took to social media this week, simply tweeting out a yawning face emoji which seems to represent the feelings with the media noise caused by the situation.
“You want your player, especially the ones that have been there a long time and served the club well, to leave with a nice taste in their mouth,” continued the former United defender. “But it’s a sour taste sometimes [at United] with how some players have left the club.
“There’s a lot of stuff in the press about the way he’s leaving and how he’s been left hanging a bit it seems, that should be nipped in the bud. I think you owe it to a player that has been there that long that they leave on half decent terms at least.”
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