Football

United in talks with de Gea

Manchester United are holding talks over a new contract for goalkeeper David de Gea, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

De Gea, 24, has been repeatedly linked with Real Madrid with a little over a year remaining on his existing deal, which was signed when he joined United from Atletico Madrid in an £18-million ($37m) deal in 2011.

Speculation over his future increased after United signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer, with manager Louis van Gaal saying he wants de Gea to stay but remaining non-committal over the progress of talks.

However, Mendes, appearing on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Sunday, said suggestions of a deal with Madrid are wrong and that talks had begun with United.

"It's not true that the deal is done," Mendes was quoted as saying by AS.

"We're holding talks and, at this moment, it seems he could continue with United but, as I say, we haven't signed anything yet." - PA Sport.