In what would be a huge shock, a report from Spain claims that goalkeeper David de Gea will stay at Manchester United for the 2015-16 season.
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De Gea, 24, has just one year left on his current United contract but Spanish publication Marca say that the Madrid-born player will not be switching Old Trafford to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, this is not all good news, United fans.
That report comes after De Gea surprisingly traveled with United’s squad for their preseason tour of the United States of America, and despite Real selling club legend Iker Casillas to FC Porto last week, it seems like they are now prepared to wait for DDG and are instead pushing ahead with a bid to sign Espanyol ‘keeper Kiko Casilla as a stop gap.
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If De Gea does stay for the final season of his contract, he will be free to speak with teams outside of England about signing a contract from January 2016 and he would leave United on a free transfer next summer. The Red Devils signed De Gea for just under $30 million in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, and despite his stellar form in recent campaigns (especially last season when several fine displays helped them seal a top four finish) they will hope to at least make back the money they spend on the Spanish international goalkeeper.
With United opening up their preseason campaign on the west coast of the U.S. in the next few days, expect De Ger and his manager Louis van Gaal to be bombarded with questions about his future at United.
Do the Red Devils try to cash in now? Or do they risk losing De Gea for absolutely nothing next summer but get another season out of him?