Exit-linked Man United star always wanted new deal, but Real move still looms

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.

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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.