Real Madrid to trigger David de Gea release clause
By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza
Real Madrid will return for David de Gea next summer in a second concerted attempt to prise the goakeeper from Old Trafford, Football Insider sources understand.
The Spanish giants failed to sign the Manchester United No1 in August when a paperwork delay meant the deal collapsed in the final minutes of the transfer window.
But a release clause of around £35million was inserted in the contract De Gea signed in September.
Sources have said that Real will make another push for the 25-year-old at the end of this season and are confident of getting their man.
This comes as the goalkeeper insists he is now “very happy” at Old Trafford after being dropped by Louis van Gaal at the start of the season.
Following the collapse of the Real deal, De Gea has been re-integrated into the squad and has signed a new contract until 2019.
“The first game I returned, after all that had happened, was impressive,” De Gea recalled. “The way Old Trafford received me, it made the hairs stand up. It’s very difficult to describe what that day was like. I really appreciate it.
“I felt in that moment that to extend my contract was the best thing to do. I’m really happy now, at one of the biggest clubs in the world, where I feel loved by the fans.”
De Gea claims that he does not blame anyone for his Real transfer falling through at the last minute.
“Nobody let me down or disappointed me – these are things that happen,” he said. “You must look forward, and I am very happy now.
“During the market anything can happen, it can all change inside a minute. Football is like that. There were difficult moments, strange moments, but they help you to mature. To be stronger.”
The Spaniard, who is currently away on international duty ahead of Spain’s friendlies with England and Belgium, also lifted the lid on his relationship with manager Van Gaal.
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“He is a good person,” said De Gea. “You can talk with him about anything you want, and face to face he is sincere. We have a normal relationship between a coach and player. We both want what is best for the club.
“From the first I day I came back, after all that happened, he gave me a lot of confidence, told me I would play, to relax and keep doing what I had done before. He is a joker, makes a lot of jokes. Now and again he likes to do something so that there is a good mood. But we talk mostly about football.”