De Gea tells Manchester United he wants out of Old Trafford

Reports are suggesting Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea could be on his way to Real Madrid, having allegedly told manager Jose Mourinho that he wants to leave the club. The Spanish international nearly made the switch from Old Trafford to the Santiago Bernabeu back in 2015 but late papers on deadline day meant the deal was never completed. He’s been committed to United ever since but will feel the club aren’t going in a positive direction given their four years of failure on all fronts.

De Gea, whose contract expires in 2019, has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League for a number of seasons and has been an ever-present for Manchester United in 2016/17, making 29 appearances, making 11 clean sheets. He’s conceded only 35 goals in 39 games in all competition under Jose Mourinho but could well have had his head turned by Real Madrid’s ongoing interest as the Spanish giants have been keen to strengthen their options in goal for some time.

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is believed to be the other goalkeeper on the Real Madrid shortlist and the La Liga leaders are looking to procure one of the Premier League duo in the summer for any price. United have somewhat of a decision to make with De Gea out of contract in two seasons. They will want to get the highest possible price should the goalkeeper leave the club, but will lose value the longer they wait. A new deal doesn’t appear to be in the offing as De Gea is keen for a dream move to Real, and interest is expected to be made official.

With Manchester United still outside of the Champions League places in the Premier League table this season, De Gea is perhaps questioning where his future lies at the club if they continue to under-perform. He’s regarded as one of the top-five shot-stoppers in the world but plays for a side not challenging for major honours.