The furore surrounding the future of Manchester United keeper David de Gea has reached fever pitch in recent weeks after building up for the majority of the campaign.
There have been reports this week suggesting that Man United will tie down De Gea with a new contract worth £200,000 a week.
However, MailOnline’s Adam Crafton has also stated that Madrid are becoming increasingly confident of securing the Spaniard’s signature.
On top of all that, Madrid are said to be facing a transfer ban which may affect their pursuit of the player. Who on earth do we believe? We asked our Twitter followers for their thoughts on whether they think De Gea will leave Old Trafford:
— MARTIN ★★★ (@manutdbelieve) April 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ no, why? Because he's left his contract so late so it's inevitable he is off.
— Harris (@IconicNumber9) April 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ this "transfer ban" on Madrid means either now or after 2 seasons – optimism says he extends & leaves 2yrs from now
— Jonathan Rowe (@jonathandrowe) April 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Yes I do. Its the best for his longterm future. He will get a massive pay rise+then again when he leaves for Real in 2 years
— Alan Grace (@alangrace) April 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ he will sign the new contract once we make champions league
— Mike Lodder (@Lodski146) April 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ It will be a very tough decision for him considering how much we love him + playing for "Manchester United" He will stay..
— Aditya Vandkar (@Aditya_16V) April 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ He'll leave. Valdes was signed as his replacement. There's probably already been a deal struck.
— UnitedCentric (@UnitedCentric) April 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ yes I'm hoping, I think he's just waiting for utd to get into cl, so yeah. But we'll have to wait and see.
— mals (@maleenameeraa) April 30, 2015
Perhaps the most telling aspect of this whole saga is De Gea’s complete silence on it.
An optimist would say that this is because he doesn’t want to commit one way or the other before seeing if United qualify for the Champions League.
On the other hand, a cynic would say that his silence suggests that he truly wants to leave for Spain. It would be a shame to lose a player that United developed into one of the best in the world but the club has repeatedly shown that it can continue it’s success despite the loss of some of their star names.