David De Gea has informed Manchester United that he wishes to join Real Madrid.
The Red Devils must now determine whether to sell De Gea this summer or to hold the Spain international to the final year of his contract, losing him on a free transfer at the end of next season.
The attractions of playing for Spain’s biggest football club combined with the opportunity to return to his home city and residence of his girlfriend were significant factors in De Gea’s decision to leave the Premier League.
It is understood that De Gea’s advisors recommended that the Spaniard spend a further two years in English football before joining Madrid. Their argument was that the Premier League provides the best environment for an already highly capable goalkeeper to further develop in the position.
The allure of Madrid, however, proved irresistible to De Gea.