Peter Schmeichel admits he would love to see son Kasper play for Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Peter Schmeichel has admitted that it would be “fantastic” to see his son Kasper play for Manchester United in the future.

It was reported earlier this year that Jose Mourinho had identified Kasper, currently with Leicester City, as a potential replacement for David de Gea if he joined Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old, formerly of Manchester City, joined Leicester City in 2011 and claimed a Premier League winners medal in 2016 before going on to impress in the Champions League.

And Peter, speaking on talkSPORT, noted that he would love to see his son follow in his footsteps and play for Man United someday.

“For me, trying to be as neutral and unbiased and not like a father, I think he has done well enough to convince everybody that he can play at the highest level,” he said.

“The doubts were there when he first went into the Premier League over whether he was good enough, but he proved that and in the Champions League last year I thought he did really well. If clubs need a really good goalkeeper, well he is somebody who can be trusted to do that.

“Having said that, I am crazy about Leicester, I am crazy about the owners – they are fantastic and really good for the Premier League. There is no shortage of will and money to make Leicester a top four club, or at least top six, top eight. They are prepared to do that and that is a really interesting environment to play football in.

“There is no Kasper needs to move kind of feel at the moment, but if an opportunity like that [moving to United] came around, that would be fantastic.”

Any talks of a keeper coming in to replace De Gea can be brushed to one side – at least for now – after Madrid president Florentino Perez confirmed that the La Liga champions would not move for the 26-year-old, expressing a preference for AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donarrumma instead.

Kasper turned out slightly different to his father: he is, for one, a lankier, less physically imposing presence, but can still spread himself in that unique Schmeichel way to inexplicably get in the way of a powerful shot.

At the age of 30 he will know that time is running out to ascend to a club of Man United’s stature; another strong season between the sticks at the King Power stadium seems necessary if he is to pique Mourinho’s interest.

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