Zinedine Zidane has insisted he is not harbouring thoughts of renewing a transfer assault to capture Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea this summer, despite reports to the contrary.
Once again, De Gea has been the shining light for United in a season of relative woe. As such, Real Madrid find themselves being mentioned in connection with him on an increasingly frequent basis as the summer transfer window creeps onto the horizon.
De Gea to Real?
De Gea only signed a new Old Trafford deal last summer, but that was after more than just a fair bit of speculation suggesting that his future lay in Spain’s capital.
Irrespective of what’s being churned out by the rumour mill now though, Real boss Zidane has moved to clarify his stance on the matter at hand, and it could be interpreted as good news for United fans.
"I am not thinking about that at all, I do not know what will happen at the end of this season," Zidane said, as per ESPN.
"I can tell you I am very happy with the keepers I have, not just with Keylor [Navas] who is playing, but with Kiko Casilla and Ruben too. That is the most important for me. Then we will see at the end of the season."
Naturally, it’s difficult to read too much into those comments. Zidane is savvy enough to know that it’s often best to keep transfer plans close to your chest when a window isn’t actually open, and given Los Blancos’ reputation for acquiring new ‘Galacticos’ each year it would be a surprise if De Gea wasn’t on the Bernabeu wishlist.
A definite possibility
Still only 25, the former Atletico man has grown into arguably United’s most consistent performer. With the potential for no Champions League next season, and growing uncertainty regarding who will be managing the Red Devils next year, he might well take the opportunity to move on.
That’s an outcome virtually all United fans will loathe to witness, but one that nonetheless appears feasible. Keylor Navas has been a redoubtable figure in the Real goal this year - unfortunately, for United, Florentino Perez rarely accepts good form as proof that things should be kept as they are.
So, time for the all-important question, will De Gea be leaving United come the summer? Let us know in the comments box below.