The Spaniard’s contract at Manchester United expires next year and Jorge Mendes, who also represents Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao, has not ruled out a return to Spain
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The agent of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has suggested that the Real Madrid target may not remain at Old Trafford for the entirety of his contract, remarking that “things change every five minutes”.
The Spanish shot-stopper has been in sensational form for the Red Devils this season but has yet to be formally offered a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in 2016.
De Gea is understandably drawing admiring glances from the likes of Madrid, who are seeking a long-term heir to the declining Iker Casillias, while United snapped up veteran Victor Valdes on a free transfer to cover the possibility of the 24-year-old leaving.
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And now super-agent Jorge Mendes, who also facilitated Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Manchester to Madrid, has added further fuel to speculation that De Gea could be the latest Galactico.
“David is amazing, he’s brilliant,” the Portuguese agent was quoted as saying by Marca when asked if De Gea could move to the Spanish capital.
“He’s a Man United player and has a contract there. You have to respect that but things change every five minutes.”
United boss Louis van Gaal, though, has previously insisted that De Gea would extend his current deal at Old Trafford after cementing his place as the club’s No.1 goalkeeper.
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Asked if he expected the keeper to agree an extension earlier in January, he replied: “I think so, yes. I think there is no problem for him to sign.
“When you are a [regular] player, then probably you are the best and then the manager is very happy that a player that is fixed in the line-up will stay.”
Tensions between United and the Mendes camp are thought to be strained, though, with another of his clients, Radamel Falcao, having struggled for game time since joining the club on loan from Monaco – Mendes believes that he would be a certain starter at any other club in the world.