Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that the club have offered goalkeeper David de Gea “a lot of money” in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford.
The Spain international is in the running to win the PFA Player of the Year award following a string of fine performances for the Red Devils.
Real Madrid’s interest in De Gea has strengthened due to those displays and a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu would have its merits for the player, particularly when his girlfriend Edurne Garcia resides in the Spanish capital.
In January Van Gaal said he expected the 24-year-old to extend his current deal, which expires at the end of next season, but three months from then, there are now signs of progress.
The Dutch boss has revealed that this is not because of a lack of willing on United’s part, with a bumper new deal being offered to De Gea as they are desperate for him to stay.
When asked about how negotiations with De Gea were progressing, Van Gaal said: “It takes a long time now.
“It can always happen. I am not the boss. I want him to stay. The player is the boss – he can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
“You will have to ask David de Gea (if he is staying), not me. He has to sign.
“We have offered him a lot of money.”