We aren't far off Real Madrid – Herrera sees no reason for De Gea to head home

Real Madrid is right to want David De Gea, but Ander Herrera believes the goalkeeper has everything he needs at Manchester United.

De Gea has developed into arguably the world's best goalkeeper since joining United from Atletico Madrid in 2011.   -  Getty Images

Ander Herrera sees no reason why Manchester United team-mate David De Gea would leave the club for Real Madrid, the midfielder adamant it is not far behind the Spanish giant.

De Gea has developed into arguably the world's best goalkeeper since joining United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and is often linked with a return to his home city.

Real Madrid was reportedly close to signing the Spain international in 2015, but it ultimately missed out and a few days later De Gea committed himself to a contract which runs to 2019, with the option of another year.

Herrera expects that Madrid will probably come in for De Gea again in the coming years, but the 28-year-old is confident that United's trajectory has the team on a similar level to the reigning European champion.

"I respect all the keepers like Manuel Neuer, Gianluigi Buffon and Marc-Andre ter Stegen," Herrera said. "But David right now is the number one in the world.

"He wants to be a legend at the club which is important for us. He has that quality. In Spanish we say it comes from God. He makes a difference. He intimidates strikers.

"David is really happy at the moment because we are fighting for everything. Real Madrid are going to talk about him every summer because he is the best keeper in the world. But we don't think we are far from Real Madrid."