David De Gea tells Manchester United he is staying put despite Real Madrid interest

De Gea almost joined the Spanish giants last summer

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David De Gea has told Manchester United he wants to stay at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future, according to reports.

The Spanish goalkeeper was on the verge of joining Real Madrid in the summer in a deal worth almost £30million but it fell through because the paperwork was not sent through before the transfer deadline.

The Daily Telegraph report that De Gea has now told the United hierarchy that the 25-year-old will stay at United even if Real Madrid have their transfer ban lifted and make a move for him in the summer.

De Gea is reported to have got over his personal frustrations at the collapsed deal and is now happy and settled with his future in Manchester.

Fifa's two window ban of Real Madrid - which covers the summer and next January - may not stop Los Blancos signing players. Barcelona had a similar ban in place last summer and still managed to attract Arda Turan to the club, although he had to wait until January to make his debut. 

Real Madrid believe they will be able to overturn the sanction, but at the very least the ban may be postponed if they appeal it. 

De Gea, who has been Manchester United's player of the year for the last two seasons and has again been excellent this year, was dropped at the start of the season by Louis van Gaal while his future was still in the balance.

Sergio Romero played instead, with the Dutch manager suggesting De Gea would not be properly focused while speculation about his future was so rife. 

However, he signed a new four-year contract just 10 days after the move to Spain was called off and has been in blistering form since returning to the first XI, keeping eight clean sheets in 18 matches and pulling off a number of memorable saves.