Manchester United have taken a massive step towards agreeing a deal with David de Gea after the goalkeeper told Real Madrid he would not join them unless Iker Casillas left, reports El Confidencial.
The goalkeeper looked set to leave Old Trafford this summer after failing to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2016. With just 12 months remaining on his current deal, Manchester United officials were considering cashing in on him in the transfer window.
Only Real Madrid were interested with Florentino Perez eyeing him as a long-term successor to Casillas. However, Casillas is still only 33-years-old and is contracted to the Bernabeu until 2017.
As a prominent part of Real Madrid history, Perez is committed to giving Casillas the respect he deserves and will allow him to see out his contract.
But De Gea has already told Real Madrid that he would only join them if his path to the No.1 jersey was cleared.
With Los Blancos clearly unwilling to ditch one of their most decorated players, it appears staying at Manchester United is now a distinct possibility.
He will be well paid for his commitment. Manchester United have offered him a five-year deal worth €55million. It will make him the best paid goalkeeper in the world.
Louis van Gaal also looks set to bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford and has the funds to make a strong squad even stronger in the summer.
Manchester United will be amongst the favourites for the Premier League title next year.
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