Real Madrid no longer interested in signing Manchester United’s David De Gea [Balague]

Spain's goalkeeper Sergio Rico (L), Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas (C) and Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea (R) attend a training session in Saint Martin de Re's stadium on June 9, 2016, on the eve of the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

The Real Madrid-David De Gea transfer imbroglio is over, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports News.

De Gea’s aborted move to Madrid was the saga of last summer, and given how the move broke down over a faulty fax machine, there had been speculation all last season that Madrid would come back for De Gea this summer.

But it’s all off, according to Balague:

“I think De Gea now is a clear situation. “Real Madrid have decided not to go with him. He’s happy, he wants to stay with Manchester United and see what Jose Mourinho brings to him.”

Given how good Keylor Navas proved to be for Madrid last season, the simple truth is that they currently don’t need a keeper in pure footballing terms; going after De Gea this summer would be a purely Galactico move from Perez.

The Jose Mourinho factor is also significant: had Louis van Gaal remained at Old Trafford, it’s possible De Gea would have tried to force a move to Madrid, such was his strained relationship with the Dutchman.

The player himself is happy to stay, according to Balague, but you get the feeling that the lure of Madrid will always be there for the Madrid-born De Gea…