Manchester United 'relaxed' over David De Gea contract, despite Real Madrid transfer speculation

The Spaniard has been in brilliant form this season

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Manchester United are reportedly "relaxed" about David De Gea's future, despite the goalkeeper's contract being due to expire at the end of next season.

The Spaniard has been in sensational form this season, with his most recent performance in the 3-0 win over Liverpool leading to widespread acclaim.

Signed from Atletico Madrid for around £17.8m in the summer of 2011, De Gea has gone from a sometimes-flakey stopper with potential to one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

As such, speculation has begun to mount that he will be the subject of attention, with Real Madrid consistently being linked with a move. A switch to the Bernabeu appears logical with the Champions League holders aware of the need to find a long-term successor to Iker Casillas. Such a move would also see De Gea return to the Spanish capital, the place of his birth.

However, despite the speculation, Manchester United are understood to be confident of retaining the 24-year-old beyond the summer 2016 when his contract expires. The BBC have reported 'senior club sources' as saying they are "relaxed" about the situation.

 

Despite the apparent confidence at Old Trafford, former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been training with Manchester United and Louis van Gaal is being backed to sign the Spaniard. Such a move might be viewed as an admission that De Gea could leave.

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