Real Madrid keeper crisis reignites De Gea rumours

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
De Gea being linked with Real Madrid once again
De Gea being linked with Real Madrid once again

"You can't keep selecting a player because of what he's done in the past. On tonight's performance, he's certainly not good enough.”

They were the stinging words of Roy Keane as he watched Real Madrid's Iker Casillas produce his latest nightmare display in Real Madrid's 4-3 Champions League defeat against Schalke at the Brenabeu on Tuesday night.

A 2-0 first leg win saved the European champions from the ignominy of a shocking exit from the competition they won in glorious fashion last season, but that has not stopped the criticism flowing for fumbling keeper Casillas.

Now the talk in the Spanish media is of an "inevitable" bid for Manchester United keeper David De Gea this summer, with the Spaniard's delay in signing a new Old Trafford contract fuelling rumours that he is Madrid-bound.

Suggestions that the out-of-form Gareth Bale (below) could be part of a deal that sees De Gea move to back to his homeland are again being muted, with the indifferent form of Angel di Maria at United this season possibly creating space for the Welshman in Louis van Gaal's side.

What now seems inevitable is that Casillas' long run as Real Madrid keeper is coming to an end, with boss Carlo Ancelotti now under pressure replaced him with Keylor Navas for this weekend's La Liga game against Levante.

He may be a Spanish World Cup winning captain and a three-time Champions League winning keeper with Real Madrid, but it seems as if the 33-year-old is running out of lives at Real Madrid.

"We say Schalke did well but the goalkeeper's thrown the first three in,” Keane added of Casillas' latest flapping display.

“If you want to get the big prizes you need to have a top goalkeeper - certainly a goalkeeper in form. On tonight's performances, they'll be in trouble for the quarters and semis.

"That's the manager's job (to drop him). It's not just tonight. His form's been poor, he's been criticised.”

De Gea to Real Madrid, Bale to Old Trafford and Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain this summer? Expect the rumours of what could be the three biggest transfers of 2015 to gather pace in the coming weeks.