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De Gea still out for United despite Real Madrid's 'fading' interest

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
De Gea watched United's first game of the season from the stands
De Gea watched United's first game of the season from the stands

Real Madrid appear to have given up on their bid to sign Manchester United's David De Gea in this transfer window, but the keeper is still not ready to make his return to the United team at Aston Villa tomorrow night.

Marca have stated that Real Madrid sources are confirming that they are not prepared to meet Manchester United's asking price for Spanish keeper De Gea and are content to wait to sign the player on a free transfer next summer.

United have slapped a €40m price tag on De Gea and Real Madrid have been adamant from the start of negotiations that they would not pay that fee for a player who will be available for nothing next year.

Relations between the two clubs were also soured by United's aggressive pursuit of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, yet it seems as if this transfer window is likely to end without either transfer being completed.

This latest twisted in the longest running transfer saga of 2015 may well be a final twist that will force De Gea to accept his dream of moving to the Spanish capital will have to be put on hold, with United boss Louis van Gaal keen to have his position resolved in the next few days.

Van Gaal decided to leave De Gea out of his side's opening Premier League game against Tottenham on Saturday and despite the news that he may have to wait to seal his move to Real Madrid, that position will not change in tomorrow night's game against Villa.

“De Gea still has the same problem,” stated Van Gaal at his press conference on Thursday afternoon.

“There’s no difference. The transfer period is still open and he has still the same problem.”

It remains to be seen whether the latest leaks from the Real Madrid camp will encourage De Gea and Van Gaal to change their position ahead of next week's Champions League play-off game against Club Brugge.

Even if De Gea plays in that Champions League preliminary round, he would still be eligible to play for Real Madrid in the group stages of this season's competition if he subsequently completed a move to Spain.