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Madrid plot move for United keeper
Real Madrid are eyeing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas. The Spanish champions and their manager Jose Mourinho have a strong relationship with De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes and feel they can exploit that to tempt De Gea back to Spain in the foreseeable future. Casillas has already stated that he sees De Gea as his successor in Spain’s national team and feels he can bring him on by working with the keeper at the Bernabeu. Suggestions in Spain that De Gea is homesick in Manchester have not been confirmed by United. He has been in and out of the United team and is not certain to start against Braga in the Champions League on Tuesday, which sources in Spain feel is contributing to his restlessness. Earlier this month, De Gea admitted he often finds life tough at United.
Plenty of the papers have run quotes from Sir Alex's press conference yesterday, with most leading on the cooling of relations between the manager and Rio Ferdinand. Following Rio's refusal to wear a Kick It Out shirt on Saturday, Sir Alex told BBC the defender had "embarrassed him" and would be "dealt with". But at Monday's press conference, the boss revealed there had been "a communication problem" and the pair had met and "resolved the situation".
Meanwhile, The Daily Star report from Braga boss Jose Peseiro's press conference. The Portuguese insists Braga can match United at Old Trafford tonight and warns: "We are not to be messed around with. United do not scare us. We go into every match looking to win. Our main goal in the Champions League is reaching the round of 16."