David de Gea may never get the chance to join Real Madrid again.
That is the opinion of former Spain international Gaizka Mendieta, who believes tensions between the Spanish club and Manchester United could prevent a deal from ever happening.
Blame has been thrown back and forth following the breakdown of a last-minute move on transfer deadline day. A £29million deal looked set to go through, but Real Madrid reportedly missed out after failing to submit the appropriate paperwork in time.
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With De Gea's contract set to expire in nine months, Los Blancos could make amends by signing him for nothing next summer.
However, Mendieta does not think it is as simple as it sounds. Manchester United are preparing to offer the 24-year-old a fresh contract extension and reports in Spain claim he is ready to consider it.
For sure, it seems that a January move is out of the question from Louis van Gaal's point of view and that could see the Bernabeu door close once and for all for De Gea.
"Let's see what happens now because both sides are upset with what happened, both seem to be blaming each other," he told Omnisport.
"I think, on the player's side, it's hard. I'm not sure if we will see another chance for De Gea to go back to Madrid.
"He certainly is going to be the best goalkeeper for Spain in the next couple of years."
Returning to action
De Gea is yet to play for Manchester United this season with Van Gaal instead preferring new signing Sergio Romero between the sticks.
However, the admission is believed to have been because he was expected to leave. Now he is staying, it is expected that De Gea will be utilised despite his expiring contract.
With Liverpool visiting Old Trafford on Saturday evening, it would be the perfect time for the world-class goalkeeper to return to action.