Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their attempts to keep hold of goalkeeper David de Gea this summer after Real Madrid confirmed on their website that Keylor Navas had been handed the No.1 shirt at the club following the departure of club-legend Iker Casillas to Porto.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the number switch has handed Navas a vote of confidence that the club won't swoop for the Red Devils' No.1 in this transfer window.
De Gea, of course, has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent time, with the shot-stopper now recognised as one of the leading young goalkeepers in world football.
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In fact, the Spanish international has secured back-to-back Player of the Year awards at Old Trafford, but his long term future at the club remains uncertain.
The Spaniard runs out of his current deal at the Theatre of Dreams at the end of next season, with the Mail now claiming that the Real hierarchy will look to bring him back to Spain on a free transfer next summer.
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It appears, then, with Navas taking over the No.1 shirt, and new signing Kiko Casilla having arrived in the past week, De Gea will continue to star in Manchester for one more season, at least.
It makes sense
In truth, it's something that makes sense for all involved in the transfer saga. At the end of the day, De Gea is in the form of his life right now, so should continue to gain experience at United before completing a return back to the Spanish capital.
United, too, must find the perfect replacement for the 'keeper, and his presence in the side next season will only improve the club's chances of making a major impact on both the domestic and European scene. Keeping hold of their No.1 now would give them a great deal of time to find the ideal successor, and it wouldn't be the end of the world if they missed out on a fee for his services.
And, in Navas, Real Madrid have a fine goalkeeper, so landing De Gea for nothing next year most definitely makes sense for the club.
Let's be honest, though, there could yet be another twist or two in this saga before the end of the transfer window. It's crucial De Gea makes the right decision, as he goes about proving himself as one of the world's best between the sticks.
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