The name of De Gea appears to be ever-more ties to the future of Real Madrid's goal. The club see the Spanish goalkeeper as the perfect replacement for Casillas. The current Manchester United number one finishes his contract in 17 months and he’s requested that the club put a buy-out clause of under 30 million euros if he’s to sign a renewed deal. Such a low figure would help with any possible future move.
But it’s not Real Madrid’s interest in the player that’s the number one reason behind De Gea’s itchy feet – it’s his poor relationship with Van Gaal. The coach hasn’t talked to the keeper in months. The latest barb from the Dutchman towards the Spaniard came after the Manchester United coach was asked if De Gea's superb form had won his side many points: “I think he doesn't save many points because he is my goalkeeper and his obligation is to hold balls. And if you are thinking that is an exception for other goalkeepers and it is not like that, I am sorry for that”.
United have offered the keeper an extended contract (at 10 million euros a season), with the aim of raising the asking price for the player to the maximum possible, and reaping the rewards when Madrid come knocking. The club are monitoring the situation and in constant contact with the player’s agent, a certain Jorge Mendes.
This isn’t the first time Van Gaal has been dismissive of his number one in public. After the 3-0 against Liverpool he said: “About De Gea, what do you think I’m going to say? He stopped three balls, three I think. Or were there more? Can you think of any more? So it was three. Is that normal or exceptional?”
However Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has a different opinion: “Fingers crossed he will sign another five-year contract. It’s important for the club to maintain its best players in order to send a signal to the Premier and to European football”.