David De Gea refusing to sign new Manchester United contract

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is still refusing to sign a new contract at Old Trafford as he continues to hold out for an offer from Real Madrid, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.

The Spain international has been in fine form for the Red Devils this season, prompting speculation he could be lured away from Louis van Gaal's squad - specifically with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu on the horizon.

Senior officials at Real Madrid are understood to have already discussed a potential move for De Gea, but the return to form of Iker Casillas has prompted the Champions League holders to delay entering negotiations with Manchester United.

The 24-year-old is still being lined up as the veteran custodian's long-term replacement in Carlo Ancelotti's side, though, with the Spanish press also suggesting that summer signing Keylor Navas will not be good enough to claim the No.1 spot permanently.

Navas will be given a chance to show his credentials in the Copa del Rey this term, but failure to prove himself is likely to prompt Real Madrid to firm up their interest in De Gea in the summer.

Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle for De Gea to extend his £52,000-a-week contract, with significantly improved terms offered to one of Van Gaal's star players in an attempt to convince him to commit his long-term future.

However, the current absence of elite level European football is perhaps another reason why the talented stopper has delayed putting pen to paper on a new deal, with De Gea also possibly holding out to see whether the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League next season via a top four finish in the Premier League.

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