David De Gea’s future at Manchester United has been oft-discussed, with rumors that he’s a prime target for Real Madrid and demanding a release clause in any new contract.
The lanky 24-year-old goalkeeper has a contract that runs through the 2016 season and has been a massive part of United’s rise back up the Premier League table.
But a report from Spanish publication AS, no stranger to Real Madrid transfer rumors (many of whom are wildly speculative) claims that De Gea hasn’t spoken to his manager in quite a while.
“What is pushing De Gea away from Manchester and nearer to Madrid is his bad relationship with Van Gaal,” claims the report.
“They have not spoken to each other for a few months.”
The Manchester Evening News reported on the rumor, but was pretty skeptical of AS:
AS, often regarded as an unofficial Real Madrid mouthpiece to drum up interest in prospective players, state Champions League winners Real are in ‘constant contact’ with De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
Mendes recently confirmed he was negotiating a new De Gea deal with United.
One thing is absolutely certain: Van Gaal will despise answering questions about this, so be sure to monitor what’s said at the next Manchester United manager’s press conference.