David Seaman has spoken about his disappointment when Arsenal initially tried to sign him from QPR but the deal fell through, and likened it to David de Gea’s current situation at United.

The former Arsenal keeper played at QPR for four years in total. However, he’s revealed that he was supposed to come to the red side of London a season earlier but the deal didn’t take off. Seaman was hugely disappointed, as the move to north London was what he wanted.

Speaking about De Gea’s current situation at United, where he wanted to move to Real Madrid but the paperwork didn’t go through in time, Seaman said, “It’s hard because obviously he’s Spanish and he wants to play for Real Madrid. I had a similar situation when I was at QPR.

“Arsenal came in for me and then on transfer deadline day it fell through so then I had to go back to QPR for the rest of the season.”

Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea
Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea makes a save during the English League Cup third round football match between Manchester United and Ipswich Town at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Seaman also complimented the 24-year-old’s professionalism to come back from such disappointment to perform on the pitch. It’s a testament to the player the Spaniard has become.

“The fact that he was kept out of it (the first-team) was a little bit strange,” Seaman said. “But I don’t know the ins and outs of what his attitude was like or what his mindset was like.

“But the fact that he’s come straight in producing quality saves just shows how good he is and I’m sure all Man United fans are happy.”

We all know how Seaman’s story went – he ended up at Arsenal a year later. Although De Gea has signed a new contract with the Red Devils, somehow I don’t think Real Madrid will give up without a fight.