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Chelsea Legend Calls David De Gea 'Average And Inconsistent'

David De Gea

A couple of seasons ago, David De Gea was pretty close to joining Real Madrid, but a delay on his transfer eventually forced him to stay put at Old Trafford. De Gea was the Red Devils' lone bright spot last year, so there are several reports pointing towards United wanting to extend his contract, but his high wages could be a problem to seal the deal.

Hence, former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer addressed the situation by claiming he has been far from spectacular lately and that United should consider letting him go:

"They will have to come to a decision at some point on whether his value is the same as what he is asking for. There’s speculation about him and then there's the fact that he may still choose to leave. Ultimately there comes the point where your history and your past performances only get you so far. It is about now. If you look at his last six months, his average performances haven’t been anywhere near what they have been in the past," Schwarzer told Goal during an interview.

Moreover, Schwarzer went on to criticize the Spaniard's lack of consistency by claiming he shouldn't ask for that much money unless he's able to deliver in the pitch:

"If you break it down, a lot of goals have come from direct mistakes from De Gea. Probably more than in the entire six or seven-year period before. There is always a balancing act as a player. What’s your current value? Your recent performances come into that. Can he get to the level he was at before? Part of that is being consistent. Consistency is not a word I would associate with David de Gea over the last six months. If not more," he concluded.

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Gemain were reportedly interested in the former Atletico de Madrid standout, but with Thibaut Curtoius and Keylor Navas established as their goalkeepers for the future, a move for him is quite unlikely at this point.