Atletico chief claims De Gea bids

BY foxsports • April 13, 2011

On Tuesday night, as United were beating Chelsea in the Champions League, reports emerged in Spain that the Red Devils had finalised a £17.8million deal to sign De Gea. It was claimed that leading agent Jorge Mendes had thrashed out terms with United, although this was denied by both Marin and Sir Alex Ferguson. Marin has confirmed that Mendes is currently in England, although he has denied the agent is dealing with De Gea's future. However, the Atletico chief did confirm that United - and Chelsea - have bid for the Spain Under 21 stopper. "Mendes is in England, but not to negotiate a deal for De Gea," said Marin. "At the end of the season we will see if he wants to go or not. If he wants to leave, we'll refer to his €25m (£22.3m) buy-out clause." Marin is said to have added on Spanish radio station Cadena SER: "We've received offers from United and Chelsea. He also has an offer from us to renew his contract. We'd like him to stay, but David's future is entirely in his own hands. "The deciding vote looks as if it will be De Gea's. Is he keen on moving to England, or will he prefer to stay in Madrid?" De Gea himself later reiterated that he has not signed for United and is happy with Atletico. "I haven't signed anything," the 20-year-old said. "I'm happy here and have a contract until 2013, so now the essential target is to get the team into Europe and when the league finishes, we'll see. "Until the end of the season, nothing will be decided. "I've been with Atletico for many years and have real affection for the club. "If Atletico want to fight for me then it would be very difficult to leave. It is my club forever."

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