Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata admits he has no idea whether his compatriot David de Gea will still be at Old Trafford next season, fuelling speculation the Red Devils goalkeeper could be on the move this summer.
The Spain international has been heavily linked with a prospective transfer to Real Madrid, and with just over 12 months to run on his existing contract he's so far shown no signs of penning an extension.
Louis van Gaal is determined to keep De Gea at the Theatre of Dreams, but will be well aware that his refusal to put pen to paper could force the Premier League giants to cash-in at the end of the season.
The veteran Dutch coach has made no secret of the fact a lucrative new offer is already on the table for the former Atletico Madrid stopper to sign, and revealed the Premier League giants have offered the 24-year-old "a lot of money" to commit his long-term future.
However, as negotiations continue to stall Mata has revealed he is unaware of what De Gea is thinking, which is a cause for concern from Manchester United supporters' perspective given that the playmaker is one of his closest allies.
"I don't know. To be honest, I don't know. Ask him because I don't know," he is quoted saying in an interview with the International Business Times. "I understand how importance he is for us.
"Against Crystal Palace he proved it again with a save that gave us the three points. I wish him to stay. Being selfish, I obviously hope him to remain with us. He gives us many points."
There's no doubting how instrumental De Gea's been to Manchester United's Champions League aspirations this season. Van Gaal's side would surely have struggled to finish in the top four had it not been for the fine form of their custodian.
The Red Devils do have another fine keeper in Victor Valdes in reserve, but it would still be a massive blow to lose a player of De Gea's potential at the end of the season.
His departure could force the club back into the transfer market to bring in a suitable replacement, or at least an understudy for ex-Barcelona stopper Valdes if he is promoted to the No.1 spot.
It remains to be seen how much money Manchester United would get from Real Madrid if a transfer happens to transpire, but whatever it won't be much consolation to fans that still haven't got over the heartache of Cristiano Ronaldo's high-profile switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.
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