By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza
Real Madrid have no plans to make a January move for David de Gea, Football Insider sources understand.
The Spanish club are ready to wait until next summer before signing the goalkeeper, when his Manchester United contract will have expired.
De Gea’s dream transfer to the Bernabeu dramatically collapsed on Monday night because the paperwork was not processed in time, prompting a war of words between the two super clubs.
Sources have told Football Insider that Real were antagonised by United’s negotiating tactics throughout the summer-long saga and have no intention of resuming talks in the January transfer window.
However, De Gea is able to sign a pre-contract with Real in January ahead of joining the club next summer, when he will be a free agent.
United’s hopes of receiving a transfer fee for the goalkeeper are now receding. They had agreed a £29million deal with Real on Monday, with Keylor Navas heading to Old Trafford in part-exchange for De Gea.
The goalkeeper, who is on international duty with Spain ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers, has been left out of the United squad for the team’s six matches this season because Louis van Gaal felt he had been distracted by Real’s attempts to buy him.
Sources have said that De Gea is now ready to put the saga behind him, knuckle down and reclaim the No1 spot.
United manager Louis van Gaal and his goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek will have to rebuild their relationships with the Spaniard following the discord that dates back to the end of last season when De Gea rejected a £220,000-a-week contract to agree personal terms with Real.
Football Insider understands that Van Gaal and Hoek will have no problem reinstating De Gea as the No1 if they are convinced he is able to put the disappointment of the failed transfer behind him and focus on regaining the form that made him the club’s Player of the Year for the last two seasons.
Sergio Romero, who was signed on a free during the summer, has been in goal for each of United’s matches this season but there are doubts about his distribution and communication with the defenders. He was also at fault for each of Swansea’s two goals in United’s 2-1 defeat last Sunday.