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David de Gea’s Desire To Settle With Wife Could See the Former Manchester United Goalie Hanging Boots Despite Saudi Offers

Published 09/23/2023, 1:30 PM EDT

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Without a doubt, David de Gea is one of the most renowned goalkeepers in the world. He is currently a free agent after his departure from Manchester United. With an impressive career, de Gea is known for his exceptional goalkeeping skills and remarkable record at the club. However, recent developments suggest that his desire to settle down with his wife may lead to the early retirement of this talented shot-stopper.

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During his time at Manchester United, de Gea became the club’s longest-serving goalkeeper with an impressive 545 appearances. He managed to keep 190 clean sheets and played an influential role in the team’s success, including winning the Premier League, two League Cups, and the Europa League. Despite his remarkable achievements and being only 32 years old, de Gea finds himself without a club, prompting curiosity about his future plans.

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One major reason for de Gea’s current predicament lies in his aspiration to join a top European club. Unfortunately for the Spanish goalkeeper, the clubs he had set his sights on have opted for other goalkeeper options. For instance, when Real Madrid found themselves in need of a goalkeeper following Thibaut Courtois‘ injury, they bypassed de Gea and instead signed Kepa Arrizabalaga. Similarly, Real Betis also turned down the chance to secure de Gea’s services.

Despite facing setbacks, de Gea remains committed to maintaining his fitness. The Spain international is in the hope of receiving an offer from the right team, who values him as their number one choice. However, if the ideal opportunity fails to materialize, recent reports from The Guardian suggest that the goalkeeper may consider retiring from professional soccer altogether.


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This decision may come as a surprise to many, given de Gea’s relatively young age for a goalie and undeniable talent. Interestingly, the Spaniard has received offers from Saudi Arabian clubs. However, his desire to settle back in his home country alongside his wife, Spanish singer Edurne Garcia, appears to be a prevailing factor in his decision-making process. This seems to be the same reason why he hasn’t reunited with his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, despite a tempting offer.

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No reunion for David de Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo?

Al Nassr, one of the Saudi clubs interested in signing the former Manchester United goalkeeper, has been pursuing him for some time now. There were strong indications that he would join Al Nassr and have the opportunity to play alongside Ronaldo. To entice De Gea, Al Nassr reportedly offered him a substantial salary of £250,000 per week.

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However, despite this appealing offer being on the table for weeks now, De Gea has yet to accept it. It appears that his primary concern is to settle down with his wife in his home country. If he doesn’t receive any significant offers from European clubs, we may have to bid farewell to this exceptional goalkeeper. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.


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Written by:

Saransh Chauhan


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Saransh Chauhan is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a particular admiration for Lionel Messi, Saransh is committed to exploring every facet of the world's most popular sport in his work. At EssentiallySports, Saransh is known for his versatility as a writer, covering a wide range of topics with an open-minded curiosity that allows him to excel in all areas of the industry.
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