Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes David de Gea will wait to see how his team finish the season before making a decision on his future.
The Spain international has kept Old Trafford officials guessing on his intentions. He currently has just 16 months remaining on his current contract with no sign of an agreement forthcoming.
To make matters worse, none other than Real Madrid are interested in signing him. They are looking for a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas and see the 24-year-old as the man to fill such big shoes.
Biding his time
Schmeichel, who formed part of a treble-winning Manchester United side and made 393 appearances during an illustrious career under Sir Alex Ferguson, believes De Gea is simply waiting to see how the season pans out before committing his long-term future to the club.
"I suspect that he's just having a look at how this season is going to pan out"
Schmeichel told the Daily Star: "I hope he will sign but today's footballers don't decide on their own. They've got agents to advise them and I don't know what kind of advice he's getting.
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"I suspect that he's just having a look at how this season is going to pan out. All I know is what I read from the media but the only thing I really can say is I hope he will sign.
Hoping he signs
"I hope he gives everybody that bit of good news because it would have another effect on many other future dealings with players so hopefully he will sign.
"I have no idea what he's like or how he likes Manchester or how he likes it here. You could excuse him for thinking it would be better to go back but I have no idea what his thinking is and at the end of the day it's probably the advice he gets from his agent that will make the difference between what he's doing."
Champions League places
If true, it is probable that De Gea is waiting to see if Manchester United achieve qualification to the Champions League. Despite spending £150 million this summer, Van Gaal has still been unable to establish this side securely within the top four.
They are in a massive fight with four other clubs for, realistically, two places. It seems unlikely that any one of United, Arsenal, Southampton, Tottenham and Liverpool will be able to catch second-placed Manchester City.
If Manchester United fail then that will go a long way to convince De Gea to leave and the Red Devils will likely cash in instead of risking losing him for free the next season.
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