Reliable Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague has claimed that Manchester United ace David De Gea has absolutely no intention of leaving the Old Trafford outfit, but he will be forced out the exit door come summer nonetheless.
De Gea, who is arguably one of the best goalkeepers on the planet at the moment, has also been the Red Devils’ best as well as the most important player for the past few years. But despite his humongous relevance at the Mancunian club, he has been consistently linked with a transfer to Real Madrid.
The Spanish international came close to making a switch to La Liga in the summer of 2015, and is again being rumoured to be on his way back to the Spanish capital in the upcoming transfer window, with Jose Mourinho ready to let the superstar leave for a mammoth fee.
However, trusted Spanish journalist Guillem Balague finds this speculation highly surprising, as he believes the 26-year-old has zero intention of leaving Manchester United any time soon.
Balague recently told Sky Sports: “Do Real Madrid want De Gea? You bet they do. What surprises me, however, is why a club like Manchester United – that have no need to sell him – would be prepared to let him leave. I’m sensing a hidden agenda.
“There are plenty of rumours that David De Gea is Real Madrid-bound, but I am not convinced that this is the wish of the current United goalkeeper.
“Just why would he want to leave a club that is one of the world’s biggest, a club on the up, and where he is unquestionably the number one, to move to Madrid where he is not going to be on the same money but where the pressure will be higher?
“Not for the first time in situations like this, the Spanish press have announced that not only does De Gea want to leave, but have gone as far as to say that he has even requested a move. I have been told that he has not said anything of the kind to United. Why do the Spanish press keeps insisting he wants to go then?
“I am reliably informed that Manchester United are willing to spend in the region of £300m to £400m this summer to achieve what they want. They could spend more if necessary.
“Just how that equates to selling De Gea, one of their most-prized assets, is beyond me, especially when the likelihood is – despite what the Spanish press may have been told – that he doesn’t want to leave.”
Balague further stated that irrespective of what the Spaniard wants, he will still be shipped off to Real Madrid for a sensational transfer fee.
“I was surprised recently to see he had been left out of squads,” he added. “My feeling is that De Gea could, very soon, be facing one of those ‘no-choice’ situations, the net result of which will leave Real Madrid having to pay a huge amount of money to United to secure his services.
“The outcome of that situation might well be a return to his place of birth for Spain’s, and arguably the world’s, current number one goalkeeper, whether De Gea likes it or not.”
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