David de Gea has been left out of the Manchester United squad to start the season. Former United defender Gary Neville is displeased how the club has handled his contract situation.
Neville spoke to Sky Sports News about de Gea’s situation and how the club has botched the 24-year-old Spaniard’s contract.
“This has been badly managed by Manchester United, make no mistake about that, to allow a player of his quality not to extend a couple of years ago,” Neville said. “He had those couple of dodgy seasons at the start when he was a young, inexperienced goalkeeper adapting to a new country, but under David Moyes he showed real promise.
“The question has to be asked why wasn’t [his contract] extended in that period? To allow his contract to get to this situation is poor management. And now United are paying for it.”
De Gea just entered the final year of his deal, and the club is risking to lose him on free transfer next summer. Manager Louis van Gaal has told the media that de Gea will not be selected until after the transfer window closes as rumors about a move to Real Madrid has been floating around for better part of the summer. Van Gaal said that de Gea isn’t in the right frame of mind to play as long as his future at the club is still uncertain.
As de Gea has been United’s best player for the past two seasons, the club should have been keen on locking him down long term before this situation arose.