By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
David de Gea is set to remain at Manchester United next season after Real Madrid were hit with a worldwide transfer ban.
World governing body Fifa announced on Thursday afternoon that Real and city rivals Atletico Madrid cannot register players in the next two windows for breaking rules.
It means the two Spanish clubs can buy players this month but will be prevented from doing so in the summer of 2016 and January 2017.
This dashes De Gea’s hopes of signing for Real at the end of the season and is a huge bonus for Premier League giants.
De Gea’s move to Real last summer dramatically failed in the final minutes of the window because the paperwork was not registered in time.
The Spaniard then signed a new four-year United contract, although rumours persist that it includes a release clause allowing him to leave for a set fee.
Real and Atletico have been hit with the same sanction which saw Barcelona receive a transfer embargo due to irregularities over signing ‘minors’.
During their transfer embargo, Barcelona purchased Arda Turan from Atletico and Alex Vidal from Sevilla last summer despite but were unable to register the duo until the start of January.