By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

David de Gea has sent Manchester United fans into a panic after posting a new Facebook profile picture.

The Spanish goalkeeper’s curious new image has sparked debate about whether he has his eyes set on a move away from Old Trafford.

De Gea’s Facebook page now features the goalkeeper with the Manchester United crest removed from his green goalkeeper jersey.

For some fans, the change in profile picture was interpreted as a clear sign that the 25-year-old was preparing for life away from the Premier League club.

The Spaniard came within hours of moving to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window and speculation has continued that his future lies not in Manchester but in his homeland.

De Gea followed the dramatic collapse of his Madrid move by signing a new four-year United contract that runs until 2019.

But well-sourced reports have suggested there is a break clause in the agreement that allows De Gea to leave the club for a specified fee.