David de Gea's girlfriend has seemingly let slip that he could be about to complete his long awaited transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
The Spanish international has just a year to run on his contract with the Red Devils and has refused to sign an extension worth £200,000-per-week as he pushes for a move to the Bernabeu.
The saga is dragging on as the new Premier League season starts, with talks between Manchester United and Real Madrid at a standstill with both sides refusing to budge. Louis van Gaal wanted Sergio Ramos included in the deal but the defender is believed to close to signing new contract.
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is also said to have told Ramos that he won't be sold even if he refuses a new deal to extend his stay in Madrid beyond his current deal which expires in 2017.
However it now seems as though there has been some movement in the saga and the news has come from an unlikely source.
According to Spanish source El Mundo, De Gea's girlfriend Edurne Garcia was giving an interview to the press when, after it was completed, she remarked: "Now when David is in Madrid everything will be easier" having thought the microphone had been turned off.
Manchester United fans are unlikely to take the remarks made by Garcia well having been given hope that the former Atletico Madrid man could be staying put for at least the upcoming season. Manchester United executives has reportedly resolved to keep hold of De Gea and let him walk away for nothing next year - unless a huge offer is made.
The 24-year-old is likely to start against Tottenham on Saturday.
De Gea won't be a Manchester United player soon, but the only question is if that happens this month or next year.
The Spaniard has been a superb servant for the Red Devils and has acted professionally since he informed his employers he wanted to leave. His immediate replacement is Sergio Romero and he can fill a hole for some time, but Van Gaal will want a bigger name in the near future.