Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata insists that David de Gea is 'calm and relaxed' over his future after his deadline day move to Real Madrid fell through at the last minute.
De Gea appeared destined for the Bernabeu after Manchester United and Real Madrid agreed a deal which included Keylor Navas heading in the opposite direction - however the required paperwork wasn't filed before the the European transfer deadline and the move collapsed.
Both clubs have released statements accusing the other of causing the deal to fall through, but as it stands De Gea, who is yet to feature for the Red Devils this term because of the speculation, has been left in limbo at Manchester United with less than a year remaining on his current contract and five months until the winter window when he can next move.
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The former Atletico Madrid 'keeper is now on international duty with Spain alongside Mata, who insists his team-mate is fully focused on representing his country and hasn't let the speculation over his future affect him.
“He seems the same as ever to me," Mata told reporters. "He’s calm, relaxed. He has a naturally calm personality. These have been difficult days but he is ok.
“It is good for him to be here with the national team too. I think his personality will help. He is always calm. Even in moments of maximum pressure or stress he still plays well. His personality will help him on and off the pitch.
“David is professional and he always will be. His desire and professionalism will remain intact. Any team in the world would be better off with him in it. The fans always support the team, all of us, and they will support him. He is a friend and he is very professional. I wish him the best and I am sure he will be fine. He will manage the situation.”
De Gea now faces an uncertain future as Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal debates whether to reintroduce him into his team, while Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has warned the 24-year-old that his place in his squad for Euro 2016 could be in jeopardy. “I hope that he starts playing again and is happy, and if he plays well we can bring him along," the Spain manager said. "Otherwise if he doesn’t play it will be very difficult for him to come [to the Euros].”