David De Gea is not thinking about leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer but has also failed to rule out the possibility of joining up with the European champions this summer.
The 27-year-old has long been linked with a move to the Spanish capital and was close to completing a transfer to Old Trafford in 2015.
Time ran out for the move transpire and De Gea signed a four-year deal with United soon after, ending Real’s short-term interest.
De Gea was born in the Spanish capital and progressed through the youth system at Atletico before playing two full seasons in the first team.
And reports of a return to his city of birth have resurfaced as Real look for a long-term replacement for Keylor Navas, with the Costa Rica international regularly linked with a move away from the club.
De Gea, though, says he is focused only on his national team commitments with Spain as Julen Lopetegui looks to guide La Roja to a second World Cup trophy.
“My future? The important thing is the World Cup and not to think of anything else that can divert you or upset you,” De Gea told reporters at Spain’s Media Day ahead of the World Cup. “You have to be focused on having a good World Cup – we are all good. Hopefully, we can go far and win.”
Asked whether or not De Gea had told his representatives to keep transfer matters away from him during the build-up to the World Cup, he said: “Football is football and a thousand things can happen. But I’m always calm. Come what may, I’ll be the same. It is important to be focused and be 100%.”
De Gea travelled to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but failed to make an appearance as Spain were eliminated in the group stage of the competition.
Two years later, at the European Championships in France, De Gea was established as the first-choice goalkeeper in the Spanish team and played all four games before being knocked out in the round of 16 against Italy.
During the build-up to the tournament, however, De Gea found himself involved in an allegation which not only changed him as a person but also soured his relationship with the national media.
“I was more or less hidden ahead the media because there was a time that I have not been treated as I should,” De Gea continued. “Many people have been very unfair to me. Many who have criticised me, but then later knew that they were wrong, and have not given the face and rectified.
“There are many people who do not deserve to do interviews for them. Nothing else.”
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