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David de Gea open to Newcastle United move following Nick Pope injury

Published at :December 05, 2023 at 02:52 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:13 AM
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Nick Pope is ruled out for many months with shoulder injury

David de Gea, the former custodian for Manchester United, is supposedly “open” to signing Newcastle United, who will be missing Nick Pope for up to five months.

Since leaving Manchester United at the end of the previous season when his contract expired, De Gea has been without a club.

Before his release after the 2022–2023 season, the Spaniard was regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world, but his play had diminished. The 33-year-old is still searching for the ideal location despite being connected to clubs in Europe and the Saudi Pro League.

After Pope’s “major” injury blow, Newcastle are searching for a new custodian, so perhaps this was an unanticipated opportunity.

According to a Daily Mail report, “while they await the results of scans on Nick Pope’s shoulder injury,” Newcastle is “considering” making a “shock” offer for De Gea.

About Pope’s injury, the report continued, “After he was forced off late in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Manchester United with a repeat of the dislocated shoulder problem he suffered while at Burnley, Pope is facing a lengthy lay-off, with an operation currently considered the most likely course of action amid an expected absence of around four months.”

Man Utd great Lee Sharpe recently gave his explanation for why he believes his former team made a “mistake” by starting Onana in place of De Gea.

“It’s certainly looking like an error now. It was a bit weird the way they shuffled De Gea the door – I know he made a couple of high-profile mistakes last season, but he was so consistent in the time that he was there,” Sharpe told 888Sport.

“He would keep United in games and win them matches by himself, so it was a little bit disappointing the way they let him go. “It’s always a big risk bringing in someone who doesn’t know the Premier League to be your first-choice goalkeeper. In hindsight, it may have been better to keep De Gea for another year and have Andre Onana as an understudy to let him get used to the atmosphere and expectations, because he’s certainly costing the team points at the moment.

“It’s hard as well when you’re an outfield player and you’re running your socks off trying to get a result, and the goalkeeper is throwing away goals every now and again. It makes it very frustrating and very difficult. He’s a big character, so let’s hope the mistakes calm down and he learns from this and uses it as experience.”

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