Speculation linking Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea with a move to Real Madrid has gone on for some time now, and the transfer window hasn't even opened yet.
The former Atletico Madrid man has been tipped to replace Real legend Iker Casillas between the sticks at the Bernabeu, with it now seemingly likely that he will move to the club sooner rather than later.
Recent comments from Casillas had indicated that he'd be more than happy to welcome his international teammate to the Spanish club, but this recent video footage may well surprise fans...
The duo, of course, are currently with the Spanish national squad ahead of games against Costa Rica and Belarus, and the two goalkeepers recently turned up for training at the same time.
Strangely, though, they failed to communicate, with both players seemingly ignoring each others' presence in the car park. It certainly seems odd that there wasn't an acknowledgement made from either player.
De Gea welcome in Madrid
It was only last month, of course, that Casillas insisted that he'd welcome the Manchester United goalkeeper to the club, as he claimed that they get on really well.
As reported by Sky Sports, the Real 'keeper previously stated: "De Gea is an awfully nice guy and I'm used to his presence.
"We have talked with the national team, we don't have a very close relationship but we have always got on really well. As a goalkeeper it's clear, he has the future ahead of him.
"People are talking about David and others, if finally he comes he will be well received, we will help him, we will help each other in what we're lacking and we will have to compete like we compete in the national team.
"Yes, I think [he can handle the pressure]. No disrespect to Atletico Madrid, which is obviously a great club, but Manchester United is a bigger club, and I'm sure his time at United will have served as a wonderful experience."
This latest video release may well confuse some, but it may not stop De Gea moving to the Spanish capital in the near future.
Difficult for United
At the end of the day, you can hardly blame De Gea for thinking about moving on. As a Spaniard, it doesn't get much better than representing the colours of Real Madird, and he'd no doubt have the chance to be the club's No.1 'keeper for many years to come.
It's a shame for United, of course. We all know that the shot-stopper has been the club's most consistent performer over the course of the last two years, so he will take some replacing.
But, in former Barcelona man Victor Valdes, the club already have another top goalkeeper in their ranks. Ok, so he's not going to be a long term option for the Red Devils, but there's no reason why he can't excel at Old Trafford over the coming years.
If United manage to secure a decent fee from the sale of De Gea, then Louis van Gaal and Co. should go about spending the cash in other areas of the squad, as they go in search of improvement ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
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