Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has responded to speculation that he could be on his way to Real Madrid.
The Spanish international is out of contract next year and has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new deal said to be worth a reported £200,000-per-week amidst speculation he is on his way to the Bernabeu when the upcoming transfer window opens.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal remains insistent that De Gea, who was crowned the club's player of the year last week, will still be at Old Trafford come the start of next season.
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"I still believe David will stay," he said after the 0-0 draw against Hull on Sunday. "And I want to play him against Hull, because I want to play my strongest team. And I think my strongest team must include David.”
The 24-year-old has returned to Spain but still couldn't escape the speculation over his future. He was accosted after getting out of a car when he was asked by a journalist if he would be joining Real Madrid. The Manchester United shotstopper replied: "I can't talk."
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When pushed again over a potential transfer De Gea refused to answer, leaving the Manchester United faithful hanging in the balance over whether the former Atletico Madrid man will be staying put.
De Gea missed Manchester United's last game of the season against Hull meaning his last game for the Red Devils may have been the 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Victor Valdes, who signed an 18 month contract at Old Trafford in the January transfer window, deputised for his countryman and could take up the number one spot next term.
There could be a host of players following De Gea out of the door this summer as well. It has already been confirmed that striker Radamel Falcao will return to Monaco after the club decided against signing him on a permanent basis.
Defender Jonny Evans is being linked with a £10 million move to Everton while full-back Rafael is expected to leave too. There have been some doubts about Robin van Persie and record-signing Angel di Maria however both are expected to stay put for now.
The longer the whole saga goes on, the more likely it is that De Gea will go. Van Gaal is seemingly confident that his best player will stay put but also admitted that the decision is out of his hands.
The fact that Carlo Ancelotti has been removed as Real Madrid manager could complicate matters but the fact is that it's president Florentino Perez pulling the strings and he seemingly wants De Gea.