Manchester United are yet to comment on claims that goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly close to a dramatic U-turn by signing a new contract to keep him at Old Trafford.
De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes was at United’s training ground on Thursday for further talks with manager Louis van Gaal and club officials – giving rise to claims that a new deal could be in the offing. They were joined by De Gea and members of his family. Talks on Thursday night were said to be ‘amicable’ and accelerating.
Manchester United are yet to comment on the reports, nor the claims that the goalkeeper’s new deal will contain a £50million release clause, but it is thought the new deal talks have been initiated by De Gea himself following the collapse of a £29million move to Real Madrid and amid claims he is growing tired of the furore over his future.
United’s Player of the Year was dropped while his future was unresolved, with Argentine Sergio Romero moving to No 1.
De Gea was upset when his move to Madrid fell through but, with less than a year left on his contract, he was expected to join Real for free next summer.
However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says his club will “definitely not” make a move to sign De Gea in January.
Spanish giants Real blamed United yet, in the ensuing inquests, De Gea has been convinced that the Old Trafford club were not to blame and indeed want him to stay.
Instead, the Spaniard will stay despite having some reservations about Van Gaal’s methods. His new deal is thought to be worth about £6m a season.
Such a commitment from De Gea will be a timely shot in the arm for Van Gaal, with the goalkeeper expected to make his first start of the season in the 5.30pm kick-off.