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United's De Gea wants Real talk to cease before Euro kick-off

No contact has been made either with the keeper or his agent. Florentino Pérez is still keen to sign De Gea but Zidane prefers Keylor Navas
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David De Gea of Spain looks on during a training session.
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David de Gea has the sensation that Real Madrid are not going to trigger a clause in his Manchester United contract stating that the Bernabéu can acquire the Spain keeper for 50 million euros before June 15. With just 10 days to go until that date arrives, there has been no contact between Real Madrid, the player’s agent Jorge Mendes or De Gea himself.

Florentino Pérez is still keen to bring the 25-year-old to Madrid but Zinedine Zidane has already told the board that he prefers Keylor Navas and would like to have the Costa Rica keeper between the sticks next season. Zidane is thought to have already told Navas, before the Frenchman went on his post-season holiday, that he will be the number one for 2016-17. Navas elected not to play at the Copa América this month in order to undergo surgery to correct an Achilles tendon problem so that he will be in peak condition for Real Madrid when the season starts.

AS ran a survey on March 10 asking readers to choose their preferred keeper for next season, in which 79 percent responded in favour of Navas.

Another factor that could determine De Gea’s future is the arrival of José Mourinho at Old Trafford. The Portuguese has spoken to the Spain international and given him his vote of confidence and expressed his desire that he remain at Manchester United. De Gea was grateful for the gesture, given that he barely spoke to Louis van Gaal, and Mourinho’s arrival could sway his thinking.

Spain start their Euro 2016 campaign on June 13 against the Czech Republic. Although the famous 50-million-euro clause in his contract expires on June 15, De Gea wants his future completely resolved before Spain’s inaugural match in France. The Manchester United stopper is expected to be Vicente del Bosque’s first choice in France and he wants to concentrate entirely on the tournament. Any announcement about a deal with Real Madrid during the Euros could prove to be a distraction for both De Gea and the team as a whole. Whatever the resolution, it is likely to be cleared up sooner rather than later.


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