Last year, David de Gea’s proposed move to Real Madrid dominated Manchester United’s summer transfer window.
For months it seemed as though the Spanish goalkeeper would return to his native country with Madrid desperate to secure his services. However, De Gea’s dream move to Los Blancos collapsed in the final hours of the window after problems with the paperwork.
At the time, Louis van Gaal wasn't selecting De Gea in the first-team and there didn’t appear to be a way back for the world-class stopper. But he was soon back in the starting XI and signed a contract extension at Old Trafford.
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Many United supporters feared that they would have to endure the same transfer saga this summer.
However, with the arrival of Jose Mourinho, it seems that the Portuguese boss won’t have to put up a fight to keep the club’s number one.
That’s because Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague has provided a big update on Madrid’s stance over De Gea and claims that the European Champions have given up on the prospect of signing him.
"I think De Gea now is a clear situation," Balague told Sky Sports.
"Real Madrid have decided not to go with him. He's happy, he wants to stay with Manchester United and see what Jose Mourinho brings to him."
You can understand that United fans will be delighted if that is the case. The ‘keeper has won the club’s Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons and is considered as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.
With the Red Devils only finishing fifth in the Premier League last season and missing out on a Champions League place, it was feared that De Gea would jump ship to compete in Europe’s elite competition.
The arrival of the Special One has clearly persuaded him to remain at the club for the time being, but the Spaniard will be demanding that the club compete for honours this time around.
Balague's comments link in to a report in the last month. The newspaper claimed that De Gea had told Mourinho that he was happy to remain at the club for the next campaign and it certainly seems as though there will be no ongoing transfer saga involving the 25-year-old this year.