Cast your minds back 12 months and there was only one transfer dominating the summer.
That, of course, was David de Gea’s proposed move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
Last year, it looked certain that the Spanish goalkeeper would move to Madrid but an issue with the paperwork meant that the deadline was missed and De Gea had no alternative but to remain at Old Trafford.
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It was believed that this would merely delay De Gea’s transfer to the Spanish capital by 12 months with Los Blancos expected to be back in for him again this summer.
However, after weeks of speculation, it now seems that the long running saga is over. That’s because The Sun are reporting that De Gea has told Jose Mourinho: “I’m staying at Manchester United.”
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The ‘keeper was reportedly running out of patience with former manager Louis van Gaal but Mourinho’s appointment has convinced De Gea at stay at the Theatre of Dreams for next season - despite the absence of Champions League football.
Quotes from De Gea's friend
The report claims one of De Gea’s friends has told them: “Jose played a big, big part in this story.
“If the other one was still manager, David would be a Madrid player today. Jose has been texting David all the time to say ‘stay and play for me’.
“Madrid have been pushing and pushing the boy to come, but in the end it was his decision to stay in Manchester.”
Set to turn down Madrid
Madrid were set to trigger De Gea’s £47 million release clause in his contract which expires today. The clause was included in his contract when he signed a new deal shortly after the move to Madrid fell through last year but it looks as though, even if a last minute offer comes from the European champions, he will turn it down.
De Gea admitted he was originally keen to return to Madrid - where he played for Atletico - to live with his partner, Edurne, who is a singer and TV presenter.
However, it seems as though Mourinho has worked his magic and convinced him to stay at the club ahead of next season. It’s likely that ’The Special One’ promised De Gea that he would bring in world-class talent as he aims to take the club back to the top of English football.
United have had three underwhelming campaigns since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and Mourinho knows he will have the strengthen his ranks to turn them into title winners once again.
He has already confirmed the signing of centre-back Eric Bailly, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to join after Euro 2016. It’s unlikely that Mourinho will stop there though as there are bound to be a few more arrivals this summer.
However, the most important piece of business could be convincing De Gea to remain at the club.
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