Jasper Cillessen has insisted that he is still in the dark over a proposed switch to Manchester United, despite the fact that rumours infer he is the man Louis van Gaal wants to replace David de Gea.
Speculation of late has heavily played upon the fact that the Ajax goalkeeper and his former international manager have worked with each other previously, claiming that the relationship could help construct a deal that would see the student rejoin his master at club level.
Cillessen though, speaking candidly to Dutch source Omroep Gelderland - relayed by Football Oranje - has revealed that not only has he not heard anything on the supposed move but is also concentrating on his upcoming international fixture with Holland against Latvia.
“I have not heard anything. First I want to beat Latvia with the Oranje and then we will see, but I have not signed a new contract at Ajax for nothing,” Cillessen said.
De Gea move possible
Naturally the rumours surrounding the Eredivisie star are born from the idea that De Gea will take his leave from Old Trafford this summer after another fantastic season. Without the prospect of the Spanish stopper joining Real Madrid there isn’t room for any ‘keepers to be linked with moves to United, but it must be said that his Santiago Bernabeu link isn’t one that appears to have been made tenuously.
No, from the outside looking in there are plenty of reasons as for why De Gea might seriously consider a return to his homeland, therefore meaning there are plenty of reasons why Van Gaal might be busy preparing for life without him.
First and foremost the 24-year-old’s contract with United runs out next year, meaning that the onus is on his current club to convince him to sign a new deal soon. If he doesn’t by the time the transfer window opens the situation could get very interesting indeed.
Plenty of targets
As a consequence those charged with filling the United-related gossip columns have been doing overtime in recent weeks. Far from being the only ‘keeper linked with a move to Manchester, Cillessen is joined by the likes of Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic, Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris and even - brace yourself - Chelsea’s Petr Cech.
Yet whilst those three already boast Premier League experience Cillessen does not, and reports suggesting he would cost the best part of £25 million see him valued at the very top end of the market.
That said out of all the options it could be argued that he would be the most willing to fight for a first-team spot with Victor Valdes without expecting to be guaranteed the number one jersey. Only time will tell.
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