A lot of talk recently has revolved around the mindset of want-away Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, who has been subject to worries from figures at the club, namely Louis van Gaal, that he is not yet in the right frame of mind to make a return.
There is little doubt that the summer-long speculation of a move to Real Madrid is to blame, and its ultimate collapse is likely to have taken even greater toll on the Spaniard.
De Gea yearned for a return to his city of birth, where his family and girlfriend, Edurne Garcia, still reside.
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However, throughout his four-year United career the 24-year-old has been thoroughly professional in his conduct. Even in the midst of the transfer saga surrounding him, De Gea insisted upon refusing to comment on his situation.
Furthermore, the Spain international dealt well with rumours early on in the year claiming a break down of the relationship between himself and Louis van Gaal - rumours that he subsequently denied, as per the Guardian.
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When the United board refused to play ball with Florentino Perez and sell the player at a reduced fee to Real, he did not demand a transfer. Had he done so, he might well be a Los Blancos player by now. Instead, he opted to show his current employers respect by holding his tongue.
With this in mind there is no reason why De Gea cannot return to his best for the Red Devils. He has been their Player of the Year for the past two seasons at the club and arguably the reason they were able to claim the last of the coveted Champions League spots last season.
There is also the carrot of next years European championships. With current Spanish No. 1 Iker Casillas plying his trade in the lesser high-profile Portuguese league with Porto, if De Gea can replicate his previous form with the Reds he might well find himself promoted to the number one spot.
There is growing hope inside Old Trafford that he might be persuaded to sign a new contract with the club which, of course, would still not prohibit him from signing for Real next year should they return for him, but it would at least offer offer him added security.
The international break could not have come at a better time for the 'keeper - time away from the media spotlight to come to terms with the failed transfer might allow De Gea to collect himself and focus on his career at United.
Few would predict that De Gea will make a return as soon as the Red Devil's crunch match with Liverpool in two weekend's time, but if history is anything to go by, United legends Eric Cantona and Rio Ferdinand both made their long-awaited returns after length spells out against Liverpool, so who's to say that the Spaniard couldn't replicate that.
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