Furious De Gea banished to Reds reserves
David de Gea's relationship with Louis van Gaal is growing increasingly fractious after it emerged he is training with Manchester United's reserves.
De Gea's future at Old Trafford appears bleak, with sources close to the Spanish goalkeeper contradicting Van Gaal's claim that he refused to play in the games against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.
The 24-year-old is understood to be "seething" over his treatment and was not allowed to travel with the squad to Villa Park last night.
Van Gaal has allegedly ordered him to train with the reserves for the last two days as the uncertainty over the United goalkeeper's future rages on.
Real Madrid are still keen to sign De Gea before the transfer window closes on September 1 and sources in Spain suggest there remains a strong conviction that a deal can be done.
United turned down an ambitious opening offer of £20m from Real last month and have been encouraged by the lack of contact from the Spanish giants in recent weeks.
But Real may still return with an improved offer in the next fortnight, though United have insisted it will require an "extraordinary" bid to convince them to sell.
The transfer record for a goalkeeper is the £32.5m that Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Van Gaal has already said he will not be considered for selection until the window closes.
The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has one year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.
Victor Valdes, the goalkeeper signed from Barcelona in January, is also heading for the exit after allegedly refusing to play for the U-21s towards the end of last season. © Daily Telegraph, London