Spanish press claim David de Gea wants out of Manchester United after being benched

This has come from nowhere and wasn't something we were expecting to pop up, but Spanish newspaper El Confidencial are claiming that David de Gea has decided he wants to return to Spain and that he's so stuck on the idea and making it happen that he's changed agents to Jorge Mendes. When David de Gea originally moved from Atletico Madrid to Manchester United, Jorge Mendes was a big part of the deal and it was reported at the time that the goalkeeper had moved all his business over to the Portuguese representative who also represents Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho.

However, El Confidencial claim that a full move to Mendes didn't happen, something backed up by Transfermarkt's agent list, and that it's only now the Spanish U21 international is completing that agent transfer.

The newspaper say that David de Gea isn't happy with English football or with what they call the 'bitter' experience of tasting the bench this season. Sir Alex Ferguson has been rotating his Manchester United goalkeepers which has brought more attention to the position at the club.

Mendes is said to have reassured De Gea that he'll get him a move back to Spain and therefore the likely candidate team is Real Madrid who have been linked with many goalkeepers for their reserve position.

There's three problems there, first is De Gea's relationship with Atletico and their fans which is still good and second is the small matter of Iker Casillas, then there's the amount that Manchester United would want.

It all sounds quite unlikely but El Confidencial aren't a usual rumour pusher, especially outside of the transfer window, so whilst the whole thing is to be taken with a pinch of salt there's obviously some room for worry there.

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