David de Gea had no intention of leaving Manchester United on a free transfer in 2016, even before his proposed deadline day switch to Real Madrid collapsed, but the Red Devils are braced for a fresh move from the Spaniards next year, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News.
The Old Trafford giants reluctantly accepted a cash plus Keylor Navas offer from the La Liga outfit for their star goalkeeper as the summer window ticked towards its close, but an administrative mix-up prevented the deal from going ahead.
Even though De Gea had already accepted terms with Real and made it clear during the off-season that he wanted to move, the La Roja star signed a fresh contract at the Theatre of Dreams earlier this month, which could keep him at the club for up to five years.
And reports now claim that the stopper had made it clear to team-mates that he was not willing to see out his contract and leave United on a free, with discussions with the club having taken place before Real’s offer was accepted.
However, De Gea’s new deal is believed to include a release clause of around £30m, and the Manchester side are preparing for another move from Los Blancos next summer.