Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has refused to comment on speculation linking his side with a big money move for David de Gea this summer, describing Manchester United as friends.
Much has been made over the Spaniard’s potential to switch to Old Trafford as a result of Los Blancos wanting to make him them their new number one, but it appears Perez is reluctant to solidify his club’s interest, as least publicly.
United a 'friend'
Instead Perez described United as a ‘friend’ and although he admitted De Gea was a great goalkeeper, didn’t seem all that interested in confirming he wants to buy him.
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"De Gea is a great goalkeeper and belongs to Manchester United, a friend of the club," he said, as per the London Evening Standard.
"I have nothing to say about a friend of the club."
The comments may well come as a surprise to United fans who have appeared resigned to losing their star man in recent weeks.
De Gea’s silence on the whole matter forebodes bad news, but the fact that he was included in his club’s pre-season tour of the USA can give hope to many of his admirers who hope he will stay at Old Trafford.
Whilst it’s far from announcing that he’s to stay a Red Devil, Perez’s quotes have certainly poured yet more flavour into a transfer cauldron that’s steadily coming to the boil. Iker Casillas’ completion of a move to FC Porto means Real now have to sign a new ‘keeper, and at this stage it would be a huge surprise to see them target anyone other than De Gea.
The allures of Real
Not only does the Santiago Bernabeu hold the massive attraction of having been home to some of the greatest players in history, but De Gea also knows full well that by moving there he would essentially guarantee himself the number one jersey for the Spain national team as well.
Casillas’ reign on that front has been long and glorious, but one gets the feeling Vicente del Bosque will have to issue a changing of the guard if De Gea is playing for arguably his country’s biggest side.
Not done yet
In any case it’s a saga worth keeping an eye on as both parties seek to find a conclusion. United obviously want to keep the 24-year-old but might not be left with much choice as his contract expires next summer.
Meanwhile Real are firm admirers - Perez let on that much - but even they can’t make transfers happen that aren’t destined to.
United fans, is there a shred of hope that you can retain the services of De Gea past this summer’s transfer window? Let us know in the comments box below.