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Real Madrid eye former Manchester United hero, years after falling short of signing him

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Real Madrid eye former Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea to replace injured Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid eye former Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea to replace injured Thibaut Courtois

Former Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea is being considered by Real Madrid after Thibaut Courtois picked up an injury, according to Sky Sports.

The Belgium international suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in training and is expected to be out for a lengthy spell. As a result, the La Liga outfit have made contact with the Spaniard.

Los Blancos have the 32-year-old on their radar to cover for Courtois in between the sticks. However, the Spanish giants are also looking at Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, who is a top target for Bayern Munich.

Real Madrid eye former Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea to replace injured Thibaut Courtois.
Real Madrid want former Manchester United star David de Gea. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

De Gea is a free agent at the moment. The Spaniard parted ways with the Old Trafford side this summer after his contract expired at the end of June. Therefore, Madrid will not have to pay a fee for the veteran goalkeeper.

As things stand, Andriy Lunin is the second-choice shot-stopper at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal. However, the Ukrainian national has not been trusted a lot by the Italian manager over the years.

United signed De Gea in the summer of 2011 from Atletico Madrid. The veteran goalkeeper spent 12 years at the Old Trafford side. He won the Premier League title in 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Real Madrid eye former Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea to replace injured Thibaut Courtois.
Will David De Gea finally get the chance to play for Real Madrid? (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

However, despite the Spaniard still being a top shot-stopper, he looked uncomfortable under Erik ten Hag. Therefore, it was seemingly the right decision to end his stint in Manchester.

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In the summer of 2015, Madrid were close to acquiring the services of De Gea. However, due to supposed problems with United’s fax machine, a deal did not materialise. Will the Spaniard now get a chance to play for Los Blancos? Only time will tell.

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