Manchester United have not offered goalkeeper David de Gea a new contract, despite recent reports claiming the Spaniard has been handed a five-year deal worth £140,000-a-week.
Leading Spanish newspaper Marca - who have close ties to Real Madrid, the club reportedly interested in signing De Gea from Manchester United - understand the Spain international is keen to stay at Old Trafford, but wants to win trophies and feel more appreciated.
it’s also understood that reports claiming United would be tempted to offer De Gea as bait to sign Wales international Gareth Bale are untrue. Real Madrid have no desire to sell Bale, who helped Los Blancos win their tenth European Cup last May.
Real Madrid in no hurry to sign De Gea
The recent return to form of veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas means Real Madrid are not in any hurry to secure a deal for De Gea, whose Manchester United contract expires in the summer of 2016.
Furthermore, it’s claimed Real Madrid’s second-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be kept on at the Bernabeu, despite doubts over his quality following his summer move from Levante.
De Gea contract mystery
Quite why Manchester United have yet to offer De Gea a new contract is unclear. The Spaniard has arguably been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, having produced a string of brilliant performances.
Supporters are also desperate to see United tie the former Atletico Madrid star, who was signed as Edwin van der Sar’s replacement in 2011, down to a new long-term deal.
De Gea’s success in winning over the fans, his teammates and the critics is one of the primary reasons why he is so keen to stay at Old Trafford.
Supporters chant De Gea’s name on a weekly basis, and he is one member of an ever-increasing Spanish continent at Manchester United.
Victor Valdes arrival
Louis van Gaal’s decision to sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes this month has increased speculation that De Gea will leave Old Trafford this summer.
The United boss admitted Valdes, who is poised to make his debut against Cambridge United on Friday night, will not be content to play second-fiddle to his compatriot - but De Gea is expected to remain the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper regardless of Valdes’s arrival.