Cristiano Ronaldo is trying to persuade his former Manchester United team-mate David de Gea to join him at Al Nassr
De Gea is a free agent after failing to agree terms on a new contract at United during the summer. The 32-year-old left the Red Devils after serving the club for 12 years. Legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson signed De Gea to succeed another legend, Edwin van der Sar.
The Spaniard broke Peter Schmeichel’s record of the most clean sheets in the club’s history on February 2023. De Gea won the Premier League, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, and two Carabao Cups for the Red Devils.
The legendary keeper won Premier League Golden Glove awards two times and four Players’ Player of the Year awards.
Fans voted for De Gea to win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award four times. The 32-year-old was a certain fan favorite at Old Trafford for his services and achievement.
Numerous clubs, including those from the Saudi Pro League and Qatari Stars League, targeted De Gea. The United legend rejected every offer, indicating that monetary incentives would not be his primary motivator to join a club.
Guardian reported that De Gea is contemplating retirement if he does not get an offer to be a No 1 at a major club in Europe. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich showed interest in the keeper during the summer but chose not to act on it.
On the other hand, Ronaldo departed from United after experiencing a fallout with the current United manager, Erik ten Hag. The Portuguese international had his contract terminated by mutual consent before he joined Al Nassr.
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It appears highly unlikely that De Gea will choose to reunite with his former teammate, as it seems that the Spaniard leans toward concluding his career on a high note rather than playing solely for retirement funds. But it remains to be seen if he will have a choice in the matter.