Manchester United star David de Gea has failed to convince after being asked to address reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
The goalkeeper is being strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu with Florentino Perez reportedly lining up a January bid of £20 million. With De Gea's contract set to expire in 2016, Manchester United will be forced to consider cashing in, or risk losing him for nothing.
Real Madrid are keen to secure a successor to Iker Casillas soon as the 33-year-old's form continues to cause concern. Having spent his entire career with Real Madrid, Casillas is being tipped to leave next summer in pursuit of a final challenge.
De Gea is one of few Manchester United players to emerge from a disappointing start to the season with any credit. It is for that reason that Old Trafford officials were ready to offer him a long-term deal worth £120,000-a-week. However, the deal remains unsigned.
When asked about his future, the 24-year-old failed to convince, instead suggesting that discussion of his future is up in the air as he tries to drag Manchester United up the Premier League table.
"It's not the moment to think of my future. It's the moment to think about Manchester as we are not in a good moment"
He told AS TV, as translated by ESPN: "It's not the moment to think of my future. It's the moment to think about Manchester as we are not in a good moment. I'm happy there and feel very loved by the fans. I'm focused on doing well."
Casillas not ready to retire
However, he did inspire confidence by saying that he doesn't believe Casillas will give up his post any time soon and that he is fond of the affection Manchester United fans afford him.
"Casillas will be in the national team and at Madrid as long as he wants.
"I'm in England for several years now and it's true that at the start it was difficult, but now I'm very happy and I feel very loved by the people in Manchester and everything is going well."
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