Report: David de Gea won’t sign extension without release clause

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It’s time to reignite the David de Gea to Real Madrid rumors.

As Manchester United continues to try and lock up their star keeper, reports state the Spaniard will only re-sign if his contract includes a relatively low release clause.

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Reports out of Europe say United is willing to add a release clause into the contract, but would like to set the figure at about $75 million, a number which de Gea wants to cut in half.

In soccer contracts, a release clause is the minimum amount of money a club must accept if offered by another team. By trying to lower his release clause, de Gea would make a possible move away from Manchester much easier.

This leads to even further speculation that the keeper will return to his native Spain to play for Real Madrid, as de Gea has long been penned the number-one target to take over when Iker Casillas retires. De Gea was born in Madrid, but grew up playing for the academy and eventually in the first team for crosstown rivals Atletico.

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As he enters the final year of his contract at Manchester United, the Red Devils must work quickly to re-sign the keeper before he is available to leave on a free transfer next summer. With de Gea’s stellar play this season, he is likely to become one of the highest paid goalkeepers in the world, no matter where he ends up.