Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is yet to agree personal terms with Real Madrid, according to Sky Sports.
The 24-year-old Spain International looks set for a return to his native Madrid, and the Spanish capital based newspaper Marca came up with a story on Friday that the former Atletico Madrid custodian has all but put pen to a deal thought to be between five and six years in length, which will see him net £4 million-a-year after tax. Furthermore, the tabloid also claims that the only obstacle in De Gea’s Madrid move would be Manchester United themselves, who would ask no less than 40 million for the PFA Team of the year’s goalkeeper.
But Sky Sports News HQ reporter James Cooper quelled such talks, claiming de Dea’s future is ‘still up in the air’ and nothing has been agreed, contrary to Marca’s report.
Talking to SSN, Cooper said, “His future is still up in the air. One thing I can clarify is that he hasn’t agreed terms with Real Madrid.
“The situation is clear that Manchester United do not want to entertain David de Gea leaving Old Trafford. He has 18 months left on his contract and is one of nine up next summer.
“They’ve made an offer to keep him at United. One thing that isn’t happening at the moment is negotiations with another club.
“Those things are not happening. Therefore, this story is not alive. As things stand, he is a Manchester United player.”
FUTURE UP IN THE AIR: De Gea hasn’t agreed personal terms with Real Madrid
This comes as a big news for the Red Devils, who were reigned to losing yet another superstar to Santiago Bernabeau, with manager Louis van Gaal admitting that the club will find a proper replacement if the Spaniard departs.
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“When we have a very good scouting commission, then we shall already know who shall be the next goalkeeper. We also have a list of goalkeepers who can replace him because we have to be organised always.”
The Dutchman also revealed last week that de Gea had been offered ‘a lot of money’, and is unaware why the 24-year-old is undecided yet.
“It can always happen. I am not the boss. I want him to stay. The player is the boss – he can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
“You will have to ask David de Gea, not me. He has to sign. We have offered him a lot of money.”
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