Manchester United will not let David de Gea leave Old Trafford during the January transfer window, according to the Sun.
The Spanish international was minutes away from joining Real Madrid in the summer transfer window after the two clubs had agreed a deal worth £29 million that included Keylor Navas.
However the paperwork wasn't processed in time before the European transfer window slammed shut which means De Gea was forced to remain with Manchester United.
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The 24-year-old has less than a year remaining on his contract and will walk away for nothing in the next summer window unless he signs a new extension at Old Trafford which is highly unlikely given his desire to secure a return to Spain.
That means Manchester United's only way of recouping a fee for De Gea is by selling him when the January transfer window opens.
However according to the Sun, the Red Devils hierarchy believe there's little point in selling up in the winter window for a nominal fee, and will keep him until the end of the current campaign. That means De Gea is staring down the barrel of an extra few frustrating months before he can make a move to the Bernabeu.
He is yet to feature for Manchester United this season because boss Louis van Gaal deemed that he wasn't mentally ready to play, however the Sun add that the Dutch coach is confident of reintegrating him into his starting line-up.
The paper also adds that De Gea has been locked in talks with his agent, Jorge Mendes, every day since his failed transfer on Monday.
Can De Gea recapture his best form before he leaves Manchester United?
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