David de Gea's proposed move to Real Madrid has been an ongoing saga.
The Manchester United goalkeeper was close to securing a move to the Bernabeu last summer but the Spanish club failed to submit the necessary paperwork to their football federation - although they blamed United for not sending the documents before the deadline.
At the time, De Gea was in his final year of his contract and was dropped from the starting line-up during the beginning of the campaign. However, just a few months later, he had signed a four-year extension to his deal worth 200,000-per-week.
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But, we all know a big bumper contract doesn’t necessarily that the player in question will stay.
De Gea may have three years left on his deal but it’s widely expected that Madrid will be back in for the world-class stopper this summer.
De Gea wants to stay
However, with Louis van Gaal departing and Jose Mourinho arriving at Old Trafford, De Gea has decided he is willing to stay in Manchester for the time being.
Last week, it was reported that the ‘keeper was unhappy with life at the Theatre of Dreams under Van Gaal and was keen to move away at the end of the season.
Van Gaal was very defensive when asked if De Gea, who won the club’s Player of the Year award for the second year running, was going to leave for Madrid in the summer.
Van Gaal's comments on De Gea
“You have said that he is going to Real Madrid. I have said always that he stays. You remember that?” he asked reporters.
“Now you are asking how long he has to stay. Come on. First you have to say: ‘OK. Sorry that I have written that.’
“Ask him. Maybe he said something about that. But not to me.”
With Mourinho set to be announced, though, De Gea is happy to see how things pan out at the club.
It’s also helped that De Gea shares agents with Mourinho. Jorge Mendes has helped his clients Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Nani, Anderson and Bebe sign for the club in the past and it’s likely that he will convince De Gea to stay with Mourinho at United.
One of his teammates may not be so pleased to see Mourinho arrive, though.
Juan Mata was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year during his first two campaigns at Stamford Bridge but was soon sold by Mourinho. This has led to reports suggestion that Mata’s United career is under threat.