David de Gea came within seconds on joining Real Madrid last summer, a failed fax machine all that stopped between him moving from Old Trafford to the Bernabéu.
In the days after, de Gea signed a new contract with United that included a clause stating that Real Madrid could sign the goalkeeper for €50 million before June 15.
With just 10 days to go until that date arrives, there has been no contact between Real Madrid, the player’s agent Jorge Mendes or De Gea himself.
Florentino Pérez is reportedly still keen to bring the 25-year-old to Madrid but Zinedine Zidane has already told the board that he prefers Keylor Navas and would like to have the Costa Rica keeper between the sticks next season.
Zidane is thought to have already told Navas, before the Frenchman went on his post-season holiday, that he will be the number one for 2016-17. Navas elected not to play at the Copa América this month in order to undergo surgery to correct an Achilles tendon problem so that he will be in peak condition for Real Madrid when the season starts.
The 25-year=old de Gea has sent out signals in recent days that he is happy staying in Manchester and looking forward to playing for Jose Mourinho:
“Talk about Jose Mourinho and you’re talking about a winner” de Gea said.
“Winning is United’s, Jose’s and my philosophy. We can make a great team and I welcome him.”
He added: “I’ve got three more years on my contract with United and the desire to win more titles here.
“When it comes to United, if you don’t win everything, it’s not good enough.
“The FA Cup is important for the club, it’s important for the fans, and it’s an important step towards winning major titles again.”
United’s FA Cup final win at Wembley last month brought the club’s first major trophy since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
De Gea followed that interview up by telling Marca”
“People talk a lot and they know little,” the keeper said when asked about his intentions of leaving United.
“I know how all this works, but what I think is disrespectful is when people start making out that it’s something I have said.
I’ve got three more years on my contract with United and the desire to win more titles here.”