David De Gea to Real Madrid: Manchester United goalkeeper spotted arriving at Madrid airport

Goalkeeper tells reporters he is in Spanish capital to 'rest'

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David De Gea has been spotted arriving at Madrid's Barajas Airport, heightening speculation that his move from Manchester United to Real Madrid is imminent.

The Spain international touched down on Thursday, just a couple of days out from the start of Manchester United's pre-season training which begins on Monday.

However, rather than arriving for talks over his proposed move to the Bernabeu, the 24-year-old told journalists: "I am fine. I have just come home to have some rest."

The Independent understands that Real Madrid are yet to table an official bid for De Gea, however there is no doubt about their interest in making the former Atletico player their long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.


De Gea, who has one year remaining on his Manchester United contract, is keen to make the switch.

Manchester United are reportedly ready to let him leave for free in 12 months time if they do not receive their valuation of £32.6m this summer. However, that price tag is seemingly tied up with United's interest in Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, and may simply be posturing than a genuine expectation.