De Gea would be great for Madrid, says Buyo

The club’s former goalkeeper thinks the Manchester United man would be a good addition and gave his opinion on rumours Rafa Benitez could succeed Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid legend Paco Buyo believes Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea would be an excellent signing for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

The Spain international, 24, has been the standout player for United this season and has been mooted as Iker Casillas’ successor throughout 2014-15.

The Blancos have upped the transfer ante by issuing a now-or-never ultimatum to De Gea ahead of the transfer window re-opening in July and Buyo hopes his old club’s bid is successful.

“David is doing very well at Manchester United,” Buyo told reporters at a charity match to raise funds to fight cancer. “He is a goalkeeper who has great impact and he is likely to be Casillas’ replacement within the national team.

“If Madrid move to sign him and believe he is the right goalkeeper, I think it is a good choice.”

Madrid’s failure to win a trophy this season has led to rumours Ancelotti could be sacked and replaced by Napoli boss Rafa Benitez, with Buyo a big fan of the Spaniard.

“Benitez is a coach who is prestigious and has won many trophies,” he added. “He’s trained a lot of big clubs.”