Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has insisted that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is not their player 'at the moment', reports Goal.com.
The Real chief, who took over at the Bernabeu following Carlo Ancelotti's departure at the end of last season, believes the club already have some great goalkeepers, claiming that 28-year-old Keylor Navas is their current No.1.
Benitez and Co., of course, sanctioned the sale of Spanish international Iker Casillas, who left the club behind in favour of a move to Porto earlier this week.
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Unsurprisingly, then, the club have continued to be linked with Manchester United's No.1, who has enjoyed an outstanding last couple of seasons between the sticks at Old Trafford.
In fact, De Gea has secured back-to-back Player of the Year awards at the Theatre of Dreams, but it remains to be seen as to whether he opts for a return to the Spanish capital with just one year remaining on his current deal on English soil.
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Benitez, though, has distanced himself away from the Manchester United man, as speaking to reporters ahead of the club's first-pre season clash with Italian outfit Roma this weekend, the Real Madrid boss claimed: "De Gea is not our player at the moment and that is not our subject at the moment.
"We have some great goalkeepers here at Real Madrid. Navas is our number one at the moment. I have spoken to him. He is more experienced than our other keepers so he is at the front."
Let's be honest, it's seemingly inevitable that De Gea will eventually end up as a Real Madrid player, but perhaps he should stay on in Manchester for another season.
At the end of the day, he's in the form of his career and will surely be excited by the team Louis van Gaal is putting together at Old Trafford. Next season, United's No.1 can play an integral role in helping the side challenge on both the domestic and European scene, so perhaps he should think twice before heading back to La Liga at this stage of his career.
Another fine season between the sticks at United will stand him in good stead ahead of a potential move to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2016.
A move next year would surely suit both United and Madrid: ultimately, Van Gaal and Co. would have the shot-stopper at their disposal for another year and they'd have a great deal of time to go about finding the perfect replacement, while the Spanish giants would save a huge transfer fee if they waited for De Gea to become available.
Perhaps the De Gea transfer saga will rumble on for another year yet...
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