Jamie Carragher has risked the wrath of Manchester United fans by claiming on Twitter than David de Gea will join Real Madrid.
The Spanish shotstopper has 18 months left on his contract at Old Trafford and is yet to commit his future to the club - although reports suggest he is close to doing just that.
Speculation over De Gea's future has increased over the last 24 hours after it was confirmed by Manchester United that they had agreed a deal with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
The 32-year-old had been training with the Red Devils in a bid to find full fitness after a serious knee injury, and has signed an 18-month contract with the club. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal insists that De Gea is still number one at Old Trafford, however Carragher took to Twitter to broadcast his beliefs that this is the beginning of the end for the former Ateltico Madrid man.
He wrote: "Victor Valdes is a very good signing for Manchester United. Be interesting to see how much De Gea eventually costs Real Madrid though."
Manchester United fans are unlikely to be amused by the former Liverpool defender's comments, especially in the light of rumours suggesting that De Gea could pen a new deal after all.
Reports today suggest that the Spanish international could be close to agreeing a massive £140,000-per-week pay packet; more than double what he is currently earning.
However his attention is likely to be on more pressing matters this weekend as high-flying Southampton pay a visit to Old Trafford. The Saints were unfortunate to walk away with nothing when the two teams met earlier this season, and will be out to gain revenge and bolster their top four claims.
No doubt that Gary Neville will let Carragher, his colleague on Sky Sports, know about it should De Gea decide to sign a new contract at Manchester United.
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