Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been training with the reserves for the past two days.
This has been claimed by the BBC's Simon Stone, who reveals that the Sports Editor of the website Dan Roan has suggested that sources close to De Gea have rejected claims that the player has refused to play for the club.
De Gea, of course, wasn't selected in the Manchester United squad that beat Tottenham on the opening-day of the Premier League season on Saturday, while Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal has also confirmed that the shot-stopper won't be selected for tonight's clash with Aston Villa at Villa Park.
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Ultimately, De Gea's exclusion from the squad has only intensified speculation over his long-term future in the game, with Real Madrid seemingly ready to bring him to the Bernabeu as they go about replacing Iker Casillas, who moved to Porto earlier on in this transfer window.
It's far from certain as to whether Real will pay up for the services of De Gea, who has been Manchester United's standout player for the past two seasons.
Saga must end
There's no doubt about it, Louis vam Gaal and Co. at the Theatre of Dreams could do without the distraction of De Gea's future rumbling on, and it's something the club must priorities.
Ultimately, if De Gea does depart in this transfer window, have the club really got a suitable replacement?
Of course, Argentine Sergio Romero started against Spurs last weekend, but some will question whether he's really the long-term option between the sticks for the club, as they go in search of success on both the domestic and European scene.
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