An altogether significant update on the future of Manchester United star David de Gea has been provided, on Thursday evening.
The subject of shot-stopper De Gea’s future, of course, has found its way back into the headlines on the red half of Manchester across the day to date.
This comes owing to a statement released by the powers that be at Old Trafford, confirming the club’s annual list of retained players.
De Gea, for his part, is due to see his current terms expire in just two weeks’ time, but United’s statement revealed that ‘discussions remain open over a potential new contract’.
The widespread assumption, in turn, remains that an agreement will ultimately be struck between the two parties.
It has therefore come as a major surprise, just hours on, to see reports beginning to surface, pointing towards the Spaniard inching towards the Old Trafford exit door.
The latest info comes by way of Richard Fay of the Manchester Evening News, who first confirmed that the hierarchy at United are continuing to ‘explore their options’ between the posts ahead of next season.
With De Gea, as a result, having not been guaranteed a starting berth, it is understood that ‘the situation is not currently as positive as it was previously’.
The 32-year-old, in turn, ‘is now increasingly likely to leave the club’.