David de Gea made the decision to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid "a long time ago" according to former Red Devils goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been widely tipped to complete a move back to his hometown this summer after refusing to extend his contract at Old Trafford.
It has been a long a drawn out process stretching back to when Louis van Gaal first arrived as the new manager. With Real Madrid so far unable to agree a fee with the Red Devils, it looks as if it could go on for another 12 months.
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However, while De Gea's future remains unclear, there is, according to Bosnich, no doubt in the mind of the player, who decided a long ago that his future lies in the Spanish capital.
"The boy is from Spain", Bosnich told Radio 5 Live, "It's got to be very difficult when a team like that from your home town says they want you.
"Manchester United are as big a club as anyone in the world. David De Gea will feel the same way about Real Madrid as a boy growing up in Manchester would feel about Manchester United."
Ready to play
Louis van Gaal has decided to leave De Gea out of Manchester United's game against Aston Villa, claiming the goalkeeper is still not in the right state of mind to play football.
The Dutchman claimed that De Gea was not "100% focused" and said the club's goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek "fully agreed" with his decision.
However, the BBC's Dan Roan claims that the 24-year-old was left bemused by the decision and had previously told the manager that he was ready.