Jorge Mendes thinks David de Gea could leave Manchester United

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Jorge Mendes has spoken! When that happens Manchester United can either celebrate a new signing or expect an imminent departure.

Unfortunately, the superagent behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao has hinted that David de Gea could leave Old Trafford and head for Real Madrid because 'things change'.

The goalkeeper has been in sensational form for the Red Devils this season and has drawn comparisons with some of the world's best. At just 24-years-old, Florentino Perez wants De Gea to be Iker Casillas' long-term replacement at the Bernabeu.

Agent talk

Now Mendes, who represents De Gea, has admitted that nothing can be ruled out. It is in no way confirmation of his departure, but a big step in the wrong direction for the Old Trafford faithful.

"David is amazing, he's brilliant," the agent told Marca when asked if De Gea could move to Madrid.

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"He's a Man United player and has a contract there. You have to respect that but things change every five minutes."

Mendes has been behind the deals that saw both Di Maria and Falcao arrive in the summer but also help facilitate Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid in 2009. Mendes is renowned for getting deals done and De Gea could be his next big target.

The more worrying detail is that De Gea remains on his current terms, which expire in under 18 months time. Should it stay that way until the summer, Real Madrid will sense a chance to drive down his £50 million valuation.

Manchester United won't want to lose De Gea for nothing should the Spaniard decline the chance to extend his stay in the Premier League and may be forced to cash in for as little as £20 million.

Van Gaal confident

But Louis van Gaal has already admitted he is confident that De Gea will agree a new contract at Manchester United. There is also talk of Manchester United offering him a £200,000-a-week deal, making him the best paid goalkeeper in history.

Asked by reporters if De Gea will sign a new deal, the Dutchman said: "I think so, yes. I think there is no problem for him to sign.

"When you are a [regular] player, then probably you are the best and then the manager is very happy that a player that is fixed in the line-up will stay."

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