Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed that the Spanish champions will not opt to sign David de Gea this summer.
Reports from Spain earlier this season claimed that Zinedine Zidane, two years after Madrid failed to sign the 26-year-old in hilarious fashion, had reignited the club’s interest in De Gea.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague later confirmed that the keeper would not push for a move away from Old Trafford after Manchester United secured Champions League football for next season.
And Perez, on the subject of De Gea, claimed that the club would not approach Man United for the shot-stopper this summer.
“We haven’t spoken to De Gea,” Perez told Onda Cero following his re-election as president. “Two years ago we had an issue and then the appropriate circumstances didn’t arise.
“The players are very fond of Keylor and also the coach. I like Keylor Navas. Why he wanted Gea before? Because Zinedine Zidane did not know him [Navas].”
I’m always reluctant to say this about any prolonged transfer saga, but it looks like the book may have closed on De Gea to Madrid once and for all.
The La Liga champions could have easily signed De Gea back in 2015 but were too careless, too negligent and perhaps arrogant, and now that ship has sailed.
It seems as if Zidane will turn his attention towards AC Milan keeper and recent public enemy number one of the Italian public Gianluigi Donnarumma, who refused to sign a new deal with the Serie A side ahead of a move elsewhere.