MANCHESTER UNITED fear they could lose David de Gea to Real Madrid as contract talks with the talented goalkeeper continue to stall.
The Spaniard joined United from Madrid’s city rivals Atletico in 2011 for £17.8m on a five-year deal.
The 24-year-old has developed into one of Louis van Gaal’s most consistent players but he is yet to commit to an extension.
And interest from Real could influence the decision on De Gea’s future, with United officials fearing it is behind his reluctance to sign a new contract
The Red Devils risk losing De Gea for nothing in the summer of 2016 if they are unable to agree a deal.
Madrid are looking for a successor to Iker Casillas and De Gea has already replaced him as Spain No.1 – although the youngster missed yesterday’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Belarus due to a dislocated finger.
The uncertainty surrounding De Gea’s future could see Van Gaal press through with plans to sign Victor Valdes on a free transfer.
The former Barcelona keeper has been training with United to prove his fitness following a cruciate ligament injury sustained in March.