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David de Gea told to forget Real Madrid & focus on Manchester United

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Manchester United have told David de Gea that they are nowhere near agreeing a deal to sell him to Real Madrid and that he must focus on pre-season training, reports The Mirror.

The Spanish goalkeeper has been widely tipped to swap Old Trafford for the Bernabeu this summer after refusing to extend his Manchester United contract beyond 2016.

However, Real Madrid's notoriously slow negotiations have prevented a transfer from going through and, on Monday, De Gea was forced to return to Carrington to undergo the first session of United's pre-season.

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Whilst there, Louis van Gaal informed the 24-year-old that he will have to stop dreaming about his prospective transfer to La Liga and prepare to go on tour with his current club.

The Red Devils leave for North America next Monday to undertake a gruelling two-and-a-half week tour that will include games against Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

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Digging their heels in

De Gea will travel with the squad unless significant progress with Real Madrid is made, but Manchester United are ready to dig their heels in over their £35m asking price.

Non-executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, who has been heading up all major transfer deals for United since the departure of David Gill in 2013, is attempting to cut himself out as a tough negotiator and will not bow to pressure from his counterpart, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Forcing him to stay

They have told the Spanish club that they would rather force De Gea to stay at the club for the remaining 12 months of his contract and lose him for free next summer than accept a derisory figure now.

Even if that means losing out on a £25m transfer fee, Manchester United deem such a loss as a worthy sacrifice for retaining the services of a world-class goalkeeper.

What will concern United fans is whether De Gea can remain professional if he is forced to stay. Van Gaal has reminded him that falling short of his high standards could put any future move to Real Madrid in doubt.

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