David de Gea returned to Manchester United first-team training yesterday despite being left out of the squad that beat Aston Villa by one goal to nil on Friday night, according to the Daily Mail.
The Spanish international, who has been heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, had been training with the reserves in the build up to the Villa clash, but he joined with the trio of Anders Lindegaard, Sam Johnstone and Sergio Romero in yesterday morning's training session.
The future of De Gea, of course, is far from certain, as speculation regarding his long-term future in the game continues to rumble.
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Louis van Gaal, of course, has previously insisted that the goalkeeper hasn't been in the right frame of mind to play for the club, and it's far from certain as to whether he will star between the sticks for the Red Devils again.
The same report from the Mail claims that the United hierarchy value De Gea at £33 million, but it appears that Real are reluctant to pay the full sum, with the Spaniard set to run out of his current contract in Manchester at the end of the season.
Get it done
Ultimately, it's not entirely surprising that the De Gea issue has gone on for so long. You can hardly blame Real for not wanting to pay such a huge fee with the goalkeeper set to be available for nothing next summer.
But, it's a saga that United could do with getting resolved sooner rather than later. Of course, despite keeping two clean sheets in his two Premier League appearances so far, there are still some questions over summer recruit Sergio Romero.
Romero has certainly enjoyed a steady start to life in Manchester, but he still has it all to prove as he goes about making a success of his United career.
Manchester United fans: Is Romero good enough to replace De Gea for the long term? Have your say below!
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