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EPL 2016-17 : David de Gea's release clause revealed with Real Madrid still interested

Sumedh Pande
3.68K   //    14 Nov 2016, 19:20 IST
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates his side scoring during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 2, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The Spaniard is considered to be one of the world’s best players in his position

Manchester United have a prized asset in the form of goalkeeper David De Gea who has been their saving grace on a number of occasions since his move from Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard has established himself as one of the best custodians in the world and has garnered interest from Real Madrid since long. It has now been revealed that a release clause is present in De Gea's latest contract as reported by Spanish sports daily, Marca.

When De Gea signed a contract extension in 2015, he refused to divulge any information about a release clause in his new deal. It was said that it would take a huge sum to lure him away from Old Trafford but has now emerged that De Gea has a €60 million release clause which may see him leave United. Earlier Marca had reported that De Gea's contract consists of a €40 million which contradicts their recent story.

De Gea was involved in one of the football's infamous deadline day moments in recent times when his pre-agreed move to Real Madrid collapsed spectacularly amid a cascade of accusations and recriminations in September 2015 with Real's faulty fax machine being apparently the reason that De Gea is still donning a United Jersey.

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After seeing his move to his dream club fail, the Spaniard signed a new deal in 2015 which will see him with the Red Devils till 2019 with an option to extend it for another year.

The 26-year-old has his admirers in Real Madrid board who wants him badly as they see De Gea as their next Galactico. Though Keylor Navas has full backing from the manager and Real's coaching staff as the Costa Rican helped Los Blancos win two Champions League title in three years; the idea of bringing De Gea to Bernabeu is a thought which is being seen with intent by club president Florentino Perez.

With a transfer ban looming over Real's head for the next 18 months, it will be interesting to see if they would be interested in De Gea in 2018. The situation might be very different after two seasons but with his release clause being made public, interested suitors might be able to lure him away from the Theatre of Dreams.

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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