De Gea is worth 'many points' to Manchester United – Mata

The midfielder is keen to see his fellow Spaniard snub Real Madrid and stay at Old Trafford after a season in which he has been a key contributor to Louis van Gaal’s team

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is desperate to see goalkeeper David de Gea shun a move to Real Madrid and remain at Old Trafford.

De Gea has enjoyed a stellar campaign, regularly catching the eye with a string of impressive saves as United have worked their way back into the Premier League’s upper echelons, keeping 10 clean sheets in 36 outings.

Such form has reportedly attracted interest from Real Madrid, where Iker Casillas’s performances continue to underwhelm but Mata – a product of the Spanish giants’ youth academy – wants to see the keeper remain as Louis van Gaal’s men plot an assault on the title next term.

“I don’t know,” Mata replied when asked by IBTimes if his compatriot will remain at Old Trafford. “To be honest, I don’t know. Ask him because I don’t know.

“I understand how important he is for us. Against Crystal Palace he proved it again with a save that gave us the three points.

“I want him to stay. Being selfish, I obviously hope he remains with us. He gives us many points.”