United U-turn as contract talks with De Gea begin
Manchester United are in talks with goalkeeper David de Gea about a new contract, it has emerged.
The BBC and a number of other media outlets in England claimed last night that the Spaniard was talking about a new deal, just 10 days after a move to Real Madrid collapsed.
De Gea looked set to join Madrid on deadline day in a long-mooted move, only for administration errors to scupper a deal.
De Gea's agent, Jorge Mendes, was reported to be in Manchester yesterday afternoon, giving rise to talk of negotiations. The keeper has not played for United this season as a result of the uncertainty surrounding him, but could be in line to return against Liverpool this weekend.
United manager Louis van Gaal is today set for his first club media commitments since deadline day.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he expects De Gea to begin his United rehabilitation this weekend.
Both sides have made a habit of being embroiled in a keeper crisis ahead of recent meetings. The focus was on Mignolet before the corresponding fixture last season. He was dropped for Brad Jones, a decision that backfired when his replacement was culpable in a 3-0 defeat.
De Gea, in contrast, was named man of the match.
"He played with Spain and was ready then. He kept a clean sheet," said Mignolet."He is a very good goalkeeper who has proved himself to be very important for Manchester United. I think he has all the abilities to play again.
"The mental aspect of being a goalkeeper is very important so you have to go into the game with full concentration and confidence so that is a big part of your game.
"When you are in a good frame of mind then the performance is going to be better. That is logical. But I cannot say what is happening in his head."
Mignolet recovered from the trauma of being left out of the most high-profile away game of the season, and recalled how De Gea's performance last January was the difference between the teams.
"He kept Manchester United in the game that day. That is what you can do as a goalkeeper. He saved them some points," said Mignolet.