Speaking at a press conference before his team’s global Champions Cup match against Roma on Saturday, Benitez was asked by Goal if the 25-year-old Wales global, five years Ronaldo’s junior, could soon become the more prominent member of the Madrid attack. For me he is an enormous professional.
He caused me trouble when I was at Liverpool because of how decisive he was, and now he’s a much more mature, complete and experienced player.
Wenger also said that if Real pushes for a higher contract than they are willing to offer, he will not hesitate to start the season with Olivier Giroud, with Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott leading the line, The Sun reported.
He added: “I have spoken to him at length in the summer about his ideas and his future”.
“My only concern for now is that he trains well, and he’s doing that”.
The 24-year-old’s future at United has been strengthened by his manager’s confirmation that Valdes will leave the club this summer after he said the stopper displayed a poor attitude during his maiden campaign.
“We’ve got Kiko Casilla and we’ve got De Gea”. I know its measurements are 7.32 by 2.44 metres and that doesn’t change.
They may be household names in AFL but Jobe Watson, Trent Cotchin, Brett Deledio and Bryce Gibbs were like any other awestruck fans when Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was in town today. I’m optimistic in that respect and I am calm. We have good goalkeepers and if we can improve it will be a positive, but it is not an issue that concerns me.
Real have reinforced their squad with the signings of Danilo, who signed from Porto, and Lucas Vazquez, who has returned from Espanyol after Real exercised his buyback clause.
But Benitez says the club will knock back any further approaches for the highly rated defender.
De Gea has continually resisted opportunities to sign a new five-year contract at United worth £200,000-a-week, but despite Real’s long-standing interest, and the player’s determination to return to his home city, the Spanish club has yet to submit a formal bid for his services. Crucially, their information is that despite the public display of solidarity, the relationship between Florentino Perez and Ramos is at an all time low.
The two clubs have reached an impasse and it could come down to an 11th hour breakthrough in September when the 2015 summer transfer window shuts on the 1st.