According to a poll conducted by Spanish newspaper AS, 86% of Real Madrid fans want to see David de Gea at the Bernabeu for the 2016-17 season and only 14% want him this season at the club.
De Gea emerged as Real Madrid’s first choice target in the summer, but Los Blancos aren’t prepared to pay €40m for the 24-year-old world class goal keeper, who has only a year remaining on his contract. At the same time, United are determined not to lower the price for the Spaniard, who was voted as United’s player of the year last season. To be fair, the Old Trafford club have every right to demand a high transfer fee for their best player.
The constant tussle between the two clubs has left De Gea’s future in limbo. While he has maintained a good professional attitude by not demanding a transfer move, but at the same time he is getting mentally restless by seeing his chances of moving to Madrid getting slim with every passing day.
The Spaniard was dropped from Manchester United’s opening match against Tottenham last Saturday, and that is the best the club could do for him in this situation.
In another article by the same publication, the paper notes relaying information from BBC, that De Gea’s move to Madrid will be delayed for a year, but the player still believes a deal could be reached before the closing of the transfer window.
The Manchester United goal keeper was included in the club’s Champions League qualifier squad, but even if he plays against Club Brugge, he is still eligible to play in Europe for Madrid if the transfer goes through. The only clause – Madrid will have to pay €40m or else can forget about the move.
Rafael Benitez insisted that he is happy with the goal keeping options Madrid have at the moment. As we can see from the poll, Madrid fans also believe that paying huge money for De Gea now doesn’t make enough sense.