De Gea Won’t Force ‘Dream’ Move to Madrid as Mourinho Claims He’s Content With Current Understudy

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea looks set to remain at the club this summer, as Real Madrid are yet to resurrect their interest in signing the player. The Spaniard’s move to the Bernabeu looked a certainty back in 2015, only for late paperwork issues to scupper the deal, so it comes with great surprise that those in the Real Madrid camp have not reignited the transfer. 

The 26-year-old is reportedly keen on a move to Los Blancos, and would undoubtedly be interested in returning to familiar surroundings having began his career with Atletico Madrid as a 13-year-old. Despite this, the keeper is unlikely to force a move away from Old Trafford as United have insisted he is not for sale.

​​The ​Manchester Evening News stated: “United have always been pretty certain that he wouldn’t be sold, he’s one of their stars, he’s under contract, there’s no need to sell him

“The one thing about David is he’s not the type to push for a deal. There are players who would threaten to go on strike and say they weren’t going to play.”

Given the fact that Kiko Casilla is the only serious challenger to Costa Rican Keylor Navas’ number one jersey, Madrid may still decide to come back in for De Gea, who could command a world-record fee for a goalkeeper. According to Pilib de Brun, a radio host on NBCSports and talksport, Jose Mourinho is not overly distressed at the prospect of De Gea leaving, and would be content with Argentine Sergio Romero between the sticks with young Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira as his understudy.

​​In related news, United are expected to make progress in their attempts to sign Croatian Ivan Peresic from Inter Milan, and have stated their interest in Tottenham’s Eric Dier, with Spurs valuing the Englishman at around £50m. 

If Ed Woodward were to pull of this double deal, it would take the Europa League winners’ summer spending into excess of £200m in addition to the captures of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku from Benfica and Everton respectively. 

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