David de Gea‘s future is the most important topic of conversation for Manchester United fans this summer but today’s developments aren’t what they would have wanted to hear.
Both The Sun’s Neil Custis and the Daily Mail’s Ian Ladyman report that Real Madrid are convinced De Gea will join them this summer.
Ladyman goes on to report De Gea has told his Man United team mates he may be moving to Madrid and the goalkeeper himself has done nothing to stop the speculation going on by refusing to comment on his future whenever asked by reporters.
It’s not an unexpected development. In fact, it is exactly what fans thought would happen but it doesn’t make it any easier watching Madrid woo one of United’s best players away from the club once again in what is a repeating pattern across history when you look at the likes of Ronaldo, Van Nistelrooy and Beckham.
Understand United have lost the battle to keep De Gea move to Real all but done
— Neil Custis (@ncustisTheSun) June 2, 2015
In his report, Ladyman states: “Madrid believe De Gea will be their man once negotiations formally open and it is also understood that the 24-year-old has told friends at United that he may well be on his way to Spain.
“Both members of Louis van Gaal‘s playing staff and employees at the club’s Carrington training ground believe that they will not see De Gea again after conversations with him at the end of the season.”
It was inevitable that De Gea would return to his hometown Madrid at one point in his career but joining this summer to work under Rafael Benitez and leaving Man United at the beginning of his peak will leave a bitter taste in the mouth for some fans.
De Gea owes the club nothing but it doesn’t mean there wasn’t a big hope he’d remain at United past this transfer window but by the looks of it, it is only a matter of time before he is pictured holding up a Madrid shirt.