David de Gea, a former goalkeeper for Manchester United, is thinking about making a sudden departure from the sport if he does not get a call from a “major” team offering him the position of first choice.
The 32-year-old left the Red Devils in July when his contract expired, ending a productive 12-year stay at Old Trafford. De Gea played 545 times for Manchester and achieved 190 clean sheets while there. He also won the Premier League, Carabao Cup, and FA Cup, among other major awards.
Since his exit, De Gea has rejected several approaches and was heavily linked with a move to Saudi Arabia in the summer transfer window. However, the Spain international has decided against joining any club as of yet and is waiting in the hope an offer comes from the right team and manager.
If the proposal does not arrive, The Guardian claims that De Gea could retire and end his professional career—less than two months into the new season. The ex-Atletico Madrid shot-stopper is still keeping himself fit and is eager to move to a club that will compete for honours at the highest level.
After spending his final years at United as one of the highest earners at £375,000 per week, De Gea’s next move is not primarily driven by money. Al-Nassr, Sevilla, and Real Betis all reportedly interested in signing De Gea, who will turn 33 in November, but De Gea thinks he still has a lot to give.
Andre Onana, a 27-year-old who cost Inter Milan roughly £47 million, replaced De Gea under Erik ten Hag in the summer. In their first six games, United have only preserved one clean sheet, and Onana has allowed 14 goals, including four against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Speaking after leaving United, De Gea said, “I just wanted to send this farewell message to all Manchester United supporters. I would like to express my unwavering gratitude and appreciation for the love for the last 12 years.