At long last, rumours linking Manchester United's David de Gea with Real Madrid could finally cease.
The Spain international came agonisingly close to arriving at the Bernabeu last summer but saw his move collapse because of paperwork.
And he’s been their top target ever since, with speculation intensifying over the past few days after reports suggested Los Blancos have until June 15 to trigger his €50 million release clause.
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However, there’s been another twist.
Spanish outlet AS claimed last week that Real president Florentino Perez is determined to lure De Gea to his homeland, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
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As a result, Real will not exercise De Gea’s release clause.
Keeping the Spaniard in Manchester was arguably Jose Mourinho’s most important task this summer and it would seem he’s succeeded.
Great news for the Red Devils amidst their bid to build upon what they have and re-establish themselves as England’s elite side.
It’s easy to see why De Gea wants to stay, of course, given he will be managed by arguably Europe’s best manager next term.
Mourinho is a born winner, and one capable of prising the best out of those he takes under his wing.
On working with the Portuguese, De Gea told Marca: “Talk about Jose Mourinho and you’re talking about a winner.
“Winning is United’s, Jose’s and my philosophy. We can make a great team and I welcome him.
“People talk a lot and they know little. I know how all this works, but what I think is disrespectful is when people start making out that it’s something I have said.
“I’ve got three more years on my contract with United and the desire to win more titles here.
“When it comes to United, if you don’t win everything, it’s not good enough. This FA Cup is important for the club, it’s important for the fans, and it’s an important step towards winning major titles again.”
If De Gea does indeed stay, the 20-time league champions have the perfect platform to build upon.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to be on his way and will announce a “big bomb” on his future tomorrow, whilst Villarreal’s Eric Bailly is edging closer to a big-money move from La Liga to the Premier League.
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