Saturday 23 September 2017

David De Gea's advisers reopen Manchester United contract negotiations following collapse of Real Madrid bid

Reports say David De Gea is talking about a new deal
Reports say David De Gea is talking about a new deal
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

David De Gea's advisers have tentatively reopened contract negotiations with Manchester United following the collapse of the keeper's transfer deadline day move to Real Madrid.

De Gea was set to make his much-discussed move to Madrid on the final day of August after a deal was finally thrashed out between United and the Spanish giants for the transfer of the Spanish national team stopper.

Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea sits on the bench before the start of their Euro 2016 qualification soccer match against Slovakia at Carlos Tartiere stadium in Oviedo at the weekend
Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea sits on the bench before the start of their Euro 2016 qualification soccer match against Slovakia at Carlos Tartiere stadium in Oviedo at the weekend

Yet an administrative error ensured that the deal did not go through in time to beat the Spanish transfer deadline, meaning De Gea is set to make his United return in Saturday's Premier League game against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Now it has emerged that United and De Gea's advisers have held talks over a new deal for the Spanish stopper, with Real Madrid chiefs confirming they will not look to sign the keeper in the January transfer window.

"We will certainly not sign De Gea in January," Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

"Madrid did its job as best it could. We did not get there on time because Manchester does not have the necessary experience to tackle these things on the last day."

David De Gea has been included in Manchester United's Champions League squad
David De Gea has been included in Manchester United's Champions League squad

Perez went on to express his view that De Gea would sign a new contract with United in the coming weeks, renewing a deal that is set to expire next summer.

"The great players are never free to sign," added Perez. "The ones that arrive for free and that are available are mediocre players."

De Gea's adviser Jorge Mendes may look to insert a release clause that will allow De Gea to leave if his asking price is matched, but it seems as if the debate over the keeper's future is over for now.

The keeper is expected to make his first appearance for United this season in Saturday's crucial Premier League game against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

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