David de Gea has revealed that he will report to Manchester United’s first day of pre-season training on Monday despite him being expected to move to Real Madrid.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Spanish goalkeeper was quizzed on his doorstep by a reporter from Spanish television channel Cuatro in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The opportunistic journalist tried to get some insight into De Gea’s current situation as the goalkeeper attempted to quietly return to his Madrid residence on the final night of his summer holiday.
The London Evening Standard quotes him as saying: “Yes [I will return to Manchester] to train there.”
When asked if the future of Sergio Ramos was delaying his move to the Bernabeu or making him nervous, De Gea replied: “No I am calm, wanting to sleep. It’s late.”
United are keen to retain their PFA Player of the Year-nominated stopper, but are wary that De Gea only has one year left on his Old Trafford contract and would sell him to Madrid if they get Ramos in return, claim The Guardian, who also state that this has caused a delay in the negotiations.
The Mirror report that Ramos is top of Louis van Gaal’s shortlist of defensive targets this summer and has told Real that he is unsettled at the club and wants a transfer to the Red Devils.
But Ramos’s comments on Saturday, where he claimed that he is “not in negotiations with anyone” as Sky Sports report, suggest that a deal to take him to United is as far away as De Gea’s move to Madrid.
Developments in two of the transfer sagas of the summer could come quickly after De Gea’s return to Manchester, with Louis van Gaal likely to want to get things resolved as he plans for next season.