Manchester United have decided to take David de Gea on their pre-season tour of North America, throwing his potential transfer to Real Madrid into doubt, reports Sky Sports.
Sources have told the media outlet that the the Spanish goalkeeper will be on the plane when it takes off later this afternoon and will also be accompanied by new signings Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
De Gea was widely tipped to join Real Madrid this summer and a deal seemed imminent after Iker Casillas confirmed he was leaving the Bernabeu for Porto.
However, Manchester United officials are still waiting for a first official bid from the La Liga outfit, leaving them with no other choice but to start preparing for the season ahead with De Gea.
It is also mentioned in the same report that talks hit a standstill after Manchester United insisted on having Sergio Ramos included in any transfer deal. The 29-year-old defender had previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford but was today named as Real Madrid's new captain.
De Gea, 24, will now be forced to board the plane and take part in what is sure to be a gruelling three-week training camp, which will include four games against Club America, San Joe Earthquakes, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
While Victor Valdes is also likely to be involved in the tour, there is little doubt that De Gea will play a significant role in these games. It will also force Real Madrid to start their preparations with Keylor Navas in goal.
Bad for De Gea
It seems that De Gea has already set his heart on a move to Real Madrid and has told Manchester United to withdraw their £200,000-a-week contract offer.
Reports previously claimed that he had already said goodbye to his Manchester United team-mates and was very keen to leave before they returned to Carrington for pre-season training last Monday.
His wish was not granted, but even then, he could not have expected to still be wearing Manchester United's No.1 shirt by the time their pre-season tour got underway.
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