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Trapp turns down United to stay at Eintracht Frankfurt

Manchester United wanted to sign Kevin Trapp, but the goalkeeper is staying at Eintracht Frankfurt.

24 August 2022, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: Sebastian Vettel (l-r), Mick Schumacher and Kevin Trapp stand together at the "Champions for Charity" charity match in honor of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher. Photo: Arne Dedert/dpa (Photo by Arne Dedert/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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Kevin Trapp has turned down Manchester United’s interest to stay at Eintracht Frankfurt. United have been in search of a goalkeeper to compete with David de Gea, deciding to attempt to sign Trapp from the Europa League holders. Yet the Germany international has announced his decision to stay with the Bundesliga club.

Writing on social media, Trapp said: “Dear fans, there have been a lot of reports of interest in Manchester United in the past few days. It is true that there is a written offer. Manchester United is a world club and the fact that I can deal with and think about such an offer, I hope everyone understands. Yesterday, however, I informed the person in charge of both clubs that I had chosen Eintracht. I have experienced unforgettable things here with Frankfurt and we made history together. The start to the season has been bumpy, but I have absolute faith in us.”

Eintracht’s season so far

Eintracht lost 1-6 to Bayern Munich in their opening game of the Bundesliga season before going down 2-0 to Real Madrid in the European Super Cup in Helsinki. Oliver Glasner’s team have since managed two draws, against Hertha Berlin and Köln respectively.

Trapp has been one of the best performing goalkeepers in the Bundesliga in recent seasons, and in the 2021-22 campaign topped the charts for the number of goals he prevented, as per Opta’s expected goals on target conceded (xGOT) model. The former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper prevented 6.1 goals across 32 matches in total, a better figure than any other shot-stopper in the competition to have played 10 times or more. In comparison, De Gea’s goals prevented tally across 38 league matches last season was 2.8, which ranked second in the Premier League (of goalkeepers to make 10 or more appearances).

United, who are expected to return with another big bid for Ajax winger Antony, have also been linked with two other goalkeepers - Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka and Everton’s Asmir Begovic.


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