Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea arrived at the club's training base of Carrington this morning not expecting to feature in the Red Devils' behind-closed-doors match with Ajax later today.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that it's unlikely that the Spanish goalkeeper will take part in the friendly after failing to feature for the first-team throughout the course of the season so far.
De Gea, of course, has been heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in recent time and has had to watch on from the Old Trafford stands as new-boy Sergio Romero continues to star between the sticks in Manchester.
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Unsurprisingly, then, the subject of the Spaniard's long-term future has been one of much debate of late, with a move to Real Madrid still seemingly possible before the close of the transfer window.
It certainly appears, though, that the shot-stopper won't be involved in today's clash with Ajax despite a number of other first-team players expected to feature. In fact, the Mail go on to claim that the duo of Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia should both star against the Dutch outfit.
Close of the window needed
Let's be honest, despite United appearing to be in need of one or two more additions in the immediate future, it will no doubt come as a relief for the club's hierarchy when the transfer window slams shut.
Ultimately, if De Gea remains in Manchester for the rest of the campaign, there will come a time when he replaces Romero between the sticks.
At the end of the day, despite his problems, he's one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now, and will only improve the Red Devils as they go in search of success on both the domestic and European scene. One thing's for sure, it looks set to be a busy week for all involved in this ongoing transfer saga.
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