With the news De Gea's protracted move to Real Madrid is now off until next season, the management at Manchester United would do well to sit down with the player and seek a resolution that puts the players' career back on track, whilst agreeing a fairer exit strategy that works for both parties.
Whichever side of the divide you stand on, nobody can deny that Real Madrid wanted to secure the services of a world class player on the cheap.
Indeed, it is common knowledge Florentino Pérez doesn't believe in paying significant prices for goalkeepers.
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It would take little negotiation for United to extend De Gea's contract to 3 years, agree a buy-out clause and move on. Plenty of players are installing buy out clauses in their contracts these days and De Gea could use it to his advantage.
If Real Madrid are genuinely serious about employing De Gea's services, they will pay the fees, otherwise the player can move on in his career knowing he is currently with a club who value his services more.
From De Gea's point of view, he does know through real experience that Manchester United rate him, have stood by him and are likely to stand by him again if he experiences a dip in form.
On the other hand, Real Madrid's supporters are reportedly more than happy with their current number one, Keylor Navas, and often show mixed loyalties to newcomers (ask Gareth Bale).
De Gea must be surely aware a move back to Spain isn't necessarily going to be devoid of teething problems?
If De Gea and Man Utd can come to an accord, there is little doubt it will serve both parties well, now and in the future.