De Gea has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid for a number of months now and is yet to confirm or deny the rumours.
In an interview with Goal.com, Fellaini praised the improvements in the Spaniard’s game since he arrived at Man United.
Fellaini also stated his hope that their time together as teammates is not yet at an end. However, he did concede that the future is uncertain.
Speaking about De Gea, Fellaini said: “He’s a great goalkeeper, he’s improved a lot. I remember when he arrived in England and it’s a big difference between then and now. I hope he will stay but in football you never know.”
In many ways, De Gea’s progression has mirrored Fellaini’s. The lanky midfielder was often written off as not being ‘United quality’ in his debut season and his expensive acquisition was emblematic of the mistakes of the David Moyes era.
Like his teammate, however, he has resigned such criticism to history. Now settled at Old Trafford and a key member of Louis van Gaal‘s squad, United will hope the positivity and support of players like Fellaini will convince their goalkeeper that his future lies in the North West and not in the hands of the notoriously fickle partisans of Madrid’s Bernabeu.