From the moment David de Gea's protracted transfer to Real Madrid collapsed, there has remained a feeling amongst Manchester United fans that the Spanish goalkeeper would eventually move back to his hometown.
Until that moment, of course, it had looked a forgone conclusion that he would make the move to the Bernabeu. He had just a year left on his contract and had made his feelings towards Old Trafford officials clear.
When the move fell through, De Gea made the right decision by signing a new long-term contract with the Red Devils, but Real Madrid's interest has remained intact and a renewed attempt was expected in the upcoming summer.
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However, FIFA have since declared their intention to ban Real Madrid from registering new players in the summer transfer window and the following January window. That ban may still be lifted on appeal, but it was reported that Real Madrid would fast-track their plans to sign De Gea to this month in case they failed to overturn it.
Cue panic amongst Manchester United fans. De Gea's affinity towards Los Blancos would certainly not have faded in six months and, although he's tied to a contract until 2019, it would mean little if he handed in a transfer request.
But, according to the Telegraph, De Gea has already told the powers that be at Manchester United that he will not push to leave if Real Madrid come calling. Although he did want to leave in the summer, he signed a new contract with United with a view to seeing it out and will not renounce on that agreement.
Regardless, Real Madrid are still confident they can get the ban overturned, if not with FIFA then definitely with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Going through that lengthy appeal process could see the embargo suspended until January anyway, leaving Real Madrid free to pursue their targets, including De Gea.