€20m man told to knuckle down after United's interest confirmed

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David De Gea has been urged to focus on his football and forget about joining Manchester United for the time being.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper is reportedly being pursued by the Barclays Premier League leaders as they search for a successor to departing No.1 Edwin van der Sar.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that United were monitoring the Atletico Madrid gloveman with great interest, and De Gea's agent has since confirmed that the Old Trafford club have been in contact over a proposed move.

"Well, we did have talks with Manchester United but, first of all, they always look for an agreement with the club," Hector Rincon said.

"Anyway, most of the biggest European teams have shown interest in David de Gea.

"What I can tell you is that his release clause now is €20million, but I have no idea if the club would sell him for less.


"Right now, the player has a contract with Atletico Madrid and if Manchester United or any other team want him they will have to reach an agreement or pay the whole release clause."

De Gea has since been offered advice my former United shot-stopper Ricardo - who was an understudy to Fabian Barthez and Roy Carroll during his time at Old Trafford - with the Spaniard telling his compatriot to focus on the here and now.

"You have to be cautious with transfers, until they happen it's often better to say nothing and not talk about it. All I can say is that de Gea is a very reliable keeper and his career rise has been meteoric and he has dealt with everything very well," he told AS.

"Last season he came to Osasuna with Atletico and I had the chance to talk to him. At the time he was a substitute behind Asenjo. Now he is the keeper of a great team like Atletico Madrid and he should also focus on enjoying it."


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