The Spanish goalkeeper, who wasn’t even named amongst the substitutes for last weekend’s 1-0 win over Tottenham, is one of four goalkeepers selected for the squad - although his compatriot Victor Valdes has been omitted following his high-profile bust-up with Louis van Gaal.
This latest news, brought to our attention by the Mirror, will come as a blow to Real Madrid who still want to sign the 24-year-old before the transfer window closes on September 1.
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Manchester United want €40 million for De Gea, who is keen to join the Spanish giants, but Real Madrid feel that’s too much money for a goalkeeper with less than one year remaining on his current contract.
De Gea has no desire to sign a contract extension with the Red Devils and will leave Manchester United for Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer if the two clubs are unable to reach an agreement this month.
David de Gea v Sergio Romero
Van Gaal dropped De Gea for the Premier League opener against Spurs after claiming the keeper was not in the right frame of mind to play.
This was at odds with later reports, which claimed De Gea had made himself available for selection but was snubbed by the veteran Dutch coach.
Sergio Romero came in for De Gea and kept a clean sheet, but the Argentina international could be dropped in favour of De Gea for Friday night’s trip to Aston Villa and next week’s crucial match against Club Brugge if Van Gaal believes it’s in Manchester United’s best interests.
Manchester United's Champions League squad
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Paddy McNair, Matteo Darmian, Tyler Blackett
Midfielders: Adnan Januzaj, Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata
Forwards: Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, James Wilson.
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