Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has suggested that Real Madrid could retain their interest in David de Gea at the end of the season. The 27-year-old came close to joining the European champions from Manchester United in the summer of 2015, but the deal fell through due to delayed transmission of paperwork.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Balague admitted that De Gea could be back on Los Blancos’ radar in the summer with De Gea yet to commit his long-term future to the Red Devils, he said: “I don’t think a new contract is in the equation just yet. It’s definite that Real Madrid have got De Gea or Thibaut Courtois as a target for next season. I think Courtois is easier.”
Los Blancos’ interest appeared to have diminished earlier last month as they stepped their pursuit to sign Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, the 23-year-old has since penned a long-term contract with the Basque club with a sizeable release clause, and this has brought De Gea back onto their focus.
Despite this, De Gea has admitted that he is content plying his trade for a ‘very special’ club, and United should be less tensed about the transfer speculation in the summer than three years ago where the Spaniard was seemingly desperate to join the Bernabeu outfit.