David de Gea gives update on his future at Manchester United


David de Gea has given an update on his future at Manchester United and fans of the Red Devils may not be enthused with what he has to say.

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United’s manager Louis van Gaal has already stated that he believes de Gea, 24, will sign a new deal at Old Trafford but with the Spanish international goalkeeper only having a year left on his current deal his value in the transfer market is dwindling by the day as the Red Devils will have to offload him this summer or risk losing him for nothing in 2016.

De Gea spoke to Spanish outlet AS on Monday and gave an update on his future in Manchester. His future will continue to hang in the balance with comments like this.

“We will see what happens regarding my future,” De Gea said. “Right now I’m on holiday.”

De Gea and his agents hold the power in these negotiations. And they know it.

United are desperate for him to sign a new deal and are chucking huge amounts of money at the Spaniard to re-up at Old Trafford. The Red Devils simply cannot afford to lose a goalkeeper of de Gea’s quality and with the replacement they lined up, Victor Valdes, looking shaky in his full debut at Hull City on the final day of the 2014-15 Premier League season. Van Gaal may well have to go out and spend a large chunk of his summer transfer kitty on a new goalkeeper if de Gea decides he wants a fresh challenge.

The reigning PL Goalkeeper of the Year was the key to United finishing in the top four and securing UEFA Champions League qualification with several stunning displays last season. Since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011 as a gangly 21-year-old, de Gea has matured into one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Now, a waiting game will play out as Real Madrid is heavily rumored to be the club who wants to sign de Gea and offer him the chance to return to his hometown. De Gea is likely waiting to see who the next Real manager will be and if Rafael Benitez, as expected, is appointed as the new man in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu in the next week then we could well see some movement in this situation.

Until then, United’s fans will be waiting nervously to see if their star goalkeeper signs on the dotted line to extend his stay in England.

Pique: Copa-losing Barca still “really hurting” from UCL exit

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Barcelona was the favorite to win La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, and the Copa del Rey for the majority of the season, but only claimed one.

Liverpool’s amazing comeback to beat Barca in the second leg of the UCL semifinals met Saturday’s loss to Valencia in the Copa del Rey Final to give Barca a league title alone.

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Even with that La Liga advantage being decisive — Barca carried the table by 11 points over Atletico Madrid and finished 19 ahead of Real Madrid — there’s a very dour mood and promised change for the Camp Nou set.

And Gerard Pique says it all traces back to the loss against Liverpool. From The Liverpool Echo:

“I believe that if we had gotten through at Liverpool, we would have won the treble. We would have come here [to the Copa del Rey final] with a different mood, and I’m convinced we would have won the Champions League final, but that is football. We are really, really hurting.”

There are hints of a massive clear-out at Barcelona, with Lionel Messi and Pique two of the only safe bets to stay. When will Barca get over it?

Brazilian team tangles in locker room futmesa (video)

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It was defense versus attack in the Brazil dressing room.

Neymar and Gabriel Jesus squared off with international teammates Filipe Luis and Ederson in a game of futmesa/table soccer this week.

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Neymar and Filipe Luis are used to be on different sides of the field from their time in La Liga, while Jesus and Ederson are teammates at Manchester City.

Brazil is hosting this summer’s Copa America and is the favorite to win its first tournament since 2007, when it claimed its fourth in five tries.

It’s really impressive stuff for us normal to subpar athletes, even if standard for those with such deft talent.

Quite a winner from Man City’s young striker.

Jovic could see himself in Premier League, Serie A

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Maybe Luka Jovic’s presumed move to Real Madrid won’t happen this summer.

Or at all.

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The Eintracht Frankfurt striker has been tipped for a move away from the Bundesliga after another strong campaign, and taking the center forward reins from Karim Benzema at Real Madrid.

Several outlets reported the deal as done, but Jovic isn’t speaking that way (or at least the Serbian is throwing us off the scent.

From Goal.com:

“In terms of the physique, the Bundesliga is very demanding, but after the games against Chelsea or Inter Milan, I personally had the feeling that I could feel even better [playing] in the Premier League or Serie A. … The way the teams play there suits me better.”

Jovic scored 27 times in 48 appearances for Frankfurt, adding seven assists at the tender age of 21. Ten of those came in the Europa League, and we’re not talking about flooding the nets of minnows; Jovic scored against Chelsea (twice), Marseille (three), Lazio (two), and Inter Milan (once).

Report: Chelsea, Real $38M apart on Hazard

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How much for Hazard?

Real Madrid are willing to pay $127 million, no small fee, to bring Eden Hazard from Chelsea, but that’s well off the Blues’ evaluation according to Sky Sports.

Chelsea sees Hazard’s price as $165 million. Belgian writer Kristof Terreur told Sky that Hazard wants his future sorted by June 4.

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The Blues’ superstar is entering the final year of his contract, and could begin negotiating with other clubs in January and leave on a free transfer.

Hazard turns 29 in January. He recorded 19 goals and 16 assists in 51 matches this season, his best output in a Blues uniform.

The report says Chelsea feels no pressure to sell Hazard, but it would be a surprise if it dug in its heels too deeply considering the state of the Belgian’s contract.

Even for Chelsea, letting over $100 million walk out the door is wild, and for all Hazard’s won with Chelsea there’s also been consternation under several managers and a more than occasional habit of disappointing on the table.