Mark Schwarzer says that Manchester United may choose to cash in on contract rebel David De Gea after a run of poor form.
Former Middlesbrough and Chelsea keeper Schwarzer believes De Gea’s performances have been “average” for United in the last six months.
De Gea has been long since linked with a return to Spain with Real Madrid, while Paris Saint-Germain were linked with the player over the summer.
De Gea’s deal is currently due to expire at the end of this season with no apparent breakthough in talks despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer maintaining a new contract was close.
“They will have to come to a decision at some point on whether his value is the same as what he is asking for,” he told Goal. “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.
“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.”