New Madrid boss Rafa Benítez gives blessing for David De Gea deal – reports
Rafa Benítez has given Real Madrid the green light to sign long-term target David De Gea from Manchester United according to reports in Spain today.
The 55-year-old has replaced Italian Carlo Ancelotti to become Real's 13th coach in the past 12 years, and has told president Florentino Perez of his transfer targets for the season ahead.
Spanish paper Marca says the pair discussed who should arrive at the Bernabeu this summer and United's De Gea is among those on the list.
De Gea admitted earlier this week that he does not know what his future holds as he continues to be linked with a move to the Spanish giants.
"We will see what happens regarding my future," De Gea said to Spanish sports newspaper AS. "Right now I'm on holiday."
De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid in a £17.8million deal in 2011 and has made 133 appearances for the Barclays Premier League side. With his deal set to expire in 2016, it is believed a €40m fee will bring the player to Spain, but the Spanish media outlet says the Red Devils "are not making things easy."
"The goalkeeper is still waiting for an agreement to be reached between the clubs and is excited about his future," they add.