Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will consult his family before making a decision about his future, as speculation over a prospective big-money transfer to Real Madrid continues to gather pace.
According to the Daily Mail, the Spain international's closest circle could have the final say over whether he leaves Old Trafford as negotiations over a contract extension with the Red Devils continue.
De Gea has been Manchester United's most consistent player over the past 18 months, and has undeniably been Louis van Gaal's star performer in 2014/15. There has been no suggestion that the 24-year-old is in any way unhappy at the Theatre of Dreams, but with just 18 months remaining on his current deal there appears to be an increasing amount of uncertainty regarding his situation.
Alleged interest from Real Madrid has made the Premier League giants' need to secure the custodian down to a new long-term contract much more pressing, but supporters worried about the prospect of losing De Gea will be encouraged by suggestions that his family are "not actively looking to leave Manchester and recently declared themselves happy and settled in the North West".
Recent reports that Victor Valdes is on the verge of signing an 18-month contract with Manchester United has also fuelled rumours that De Gea is set to depart, with the former Barcelona stopper thought to have been acquired as a direct replacement.
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However, more likely is the fact that the 32-year-old will provide back-up to his fellow Spaniard, with Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos both linked with Old Trafford exits in 2015. Academy graduate Amos has been told the club will not stand in his way if he receives another offer in January, whilst the Denmark international is being linked with a move to Norway, possibly in a swap deal involving Molde's Orjan Nyland.
Regardless, the chances of Valdes being brought straight into Van Gaal's starting line-up in place of De Gea are very slim, particularly when you consider he's only just recovered from a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury that has kept him sidelined since March.
Manchester United will probably have to double De Gea's current £52,000-a-week wages - making him the highest paid goalkeeper in world football - but the club have already shown they are not scared of investing such significant amounts of money, as proved by the record-breaking deal offered to captain Wayne Rooney last year.
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