De Gea should remain in England – Flores

The Manchester United goalkeeper was close to completing a move to Real Madrid in the summer and his former manager at Atletico believes he would be well served by staying

David De Gea should reject a move to Real Madrid and remain in the Premier League with Manchester United, according to former coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Watford head coach took over at Atletico Madrid shortly after De Gea made his professional debut for the club and oversaw the early stages of his development as a professional at Estadio Vicente Calderon.

Spain international De Gea was at the centre of a long-running transfer saga earlier this year, with a long-mooted move to Real Madrid dramatically falling through on deadline day.

Flores will renew acquaintances with De Gea when United visit Vicarage Road on Saturday, and believes his former charge would be best served by remaining in England.

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“It would be perfect for David and for the Premier League to keep him in English football for long,” he told reporters.

“He has learned a lot playing here in England. When I arrived at Atletico Madrid he was third-choice keeper and after one month he was first, because he was amazing.

“I am really pleased with the evolution of David. He is in the top three best goalkeepers in the world. He has everything.

“I got a present after two years when we separated – it was a watch, antique, golden on a chain, that I have kept – so he is a very lovely guy.”

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