Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has hit out at reports that his relationship with manager Louis van Gaal is fractured.
But while De Gea set the record straight about his relationship with Van Gaal, he failed to confirm whether he plans on signing a contract extension with the Red Devils. His current deal expires in June 2016 and there is growing concern that he could join Real Madrid in the near future.
De Gea blasts 'complete lies'
On reports claiming he has fallen out with Van Gaal, De Gea responded by saying: "Everything that has been written in the press about us not getting on is a lie.
"We both want the best for the club and the team, and the stories are complete lies.”
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De Gea delighted with form
De Gea went on to admit that he is pleased with his form this season - the 24-year-old has arguably been the stand-out goalkeeper anywhere in Europe this season - and plans to continue giving 100 per cent in each training session and match.
"I think this is the best period of my career," the world-class shot-stopper continued. "I am playing the best football that I’ve ever played.
"I’m really enjoying it at the moment and I’m just trying to improve with every training session and every game that goes by, giving 100 per cent and concentrating to the maximum. That’s the way I want to continue."
De Gea looking for Sunderland win
And, for the mean time, De Gea is focused on helping Manchester United finish as high up the Premier League table as possible - and expects his side to bounce back from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City by securing maximum points against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
"Yes, we were on a good run of results and winning some important games but, the other day at Swansea, we lost the game," De Gea added. "I don’t think we deserved to lose, but football can be like that.
"You go to tough away grounds and you lose points sometimes. We have to move on from that as now we face Sunderland and we need to concern ourselves with that test."
De Gea still very likely to join Real Madrid
That De Gea has not mentioned his future plans indicates there is no guarantee that he will still be a Manchester United player when the 2015-16 season gets underway.
Real Madrid want him to replace Iker Casillas - and the lure of the Bernabeu will look even more appealing to De Gea should Manchester United fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League campaign.
It’s understood De Gea’s advisers want Manchester United to include a £25 million release clause in his new contract - and while the Red Devils are understandably reluctant to agree, failure to comply could leave the Premier League giants at serious risk of losing the goalkeeper for nothing in less than 18 months time.
Real Madrid are unlikely to think twice about paying the £25 million buy-out clause if De Gea signs the new deal - so it’s looking increasingly likely that the Spaniard will follow in the footsteps of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo by leaving Old Trafford for the Bernabeu.
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