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Real Madrid still working on David de Gea deal

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Real Madrid are still looking at ways of trying to sign David de Gea in the summer transfer window.

Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor made the claim on Manchester United's official television station last night, revealing that officials at Madrid are working behind the scenes to make the transfer happen.

Contract

The Spanish international has around a year left on his contract and is yet to commit his future to the club, prompting fears he could be angling for an exit at the end of the campaign. The 23-year-old has previously insisted that he's happy at Old Trafford but rumours persist that he is angling for an exit.

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In January it was reported that the former Atletico Madrid shotstopper was close to agreeing a new contract at Manchester United, however that has not materialised. 

"De Gea has developed himself in the six months that I’ve been here very much," Boss Louis Van Gaal said at the time. "I’m very pleased with his development. I think there is no problem for him to sign.

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"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."

Replacements

Van Gaal moved to bring in former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the January transfer window as cover, but he is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League. Recent reports have suggested that Hugo Lloris is looking to leave Tottenham and could find his way to Old Trafford as a replacement for De Gea.

De Gea has been in superb form this season and has earned a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award, however it's becoming increasingly likely that he will be on the move in the summer despite Manchester United's upturn in form in recent weeks.

The Red Devils have picked up key wins in games against Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City to put them well on course to claim a top four finish and Champions League qualification. 

They take on Everton at Goodison Park at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Opinion

The longer the David de Gea saga rumbles on, the more likely he is to leave - and the fact that summer is approaching without a contract being signed should set alarm bells ringing. 

With things looking up on the pitch, Van Gaal can feel slightly more confident of tying one of his best players down to a new deal. Sadly even that may not be enough for De Gea to resist the allure of a return to Spain.

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