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David de Gea signs fake Manchester United contract

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Manchester United fans have taken desperate measures to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford - they've tricked the world-class Spain international into signing a new 10-year contract.

Members of the YouTube channel 'CheekySport' folded a piece of paper and managed to get De Gea to sign it - but, unbeknown to the Real Madrid target, on the reverse were the words 'New Man Utd contract'.

Always read the small - or in this case, large red - print, David. (Scroll down to see the video).

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Of course, it was only a bit of fun, and De Gea will still be free to leave Manchester United as a free agent when his contract expires next summer.

However, the Spaniard is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of this season, provided Real Madrid can convince United to sell their number one goalkeeper with a satisfactory offer.

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Potential replacements

While Manchester United are determined to keep De Gea, they appear to be resigned to losing the Spaniard, who was born and raised in Madrid and has family in the city.

Real Madrid are on the hunt for a new first-choice goalkeeper, having lost faith in the ageing Iker Casillas, and reportedly regard De Gea as the ideal summer signing.

United boss Louis van Gaal, meanwhile, confirmed last week that the club have a list of potential alternatives should De Gea leave Old Trafford.

It's understood that Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, Chelsea's Petr Cech and Inter Milan's Samir Handanovic are three goalkeepers on Manchester United's summer wish-list - although they already have a ready-made replacement in their ranks.

Victor Valdes could replace De Gea

Victor Valdes finally made his Manchester United first-team debut at the weekend and could become the club's next first-choice goalkeeper next season.

However, the former Barcelona star's United tenure started somewhat inauspiciously, with Theo Walcott's deflected effort fooling him and nestling into the net, earning a point for Arsenal.

That United only handed Valdes, who hasn't made a first-team appearance since March 2014 before this weekend, an 18-month contract suggests they will make a move for another goalkeeper this summer.

Either Lloris, Cech or Handanovic would be fine additions to Manchester United's squad, although whether any of them are at the same level as De Gea is debatable.

Who should Manchester United sign to replace David de Gea this summer? Have your say in the comments below!

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