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Missing paperwork saw the transfer fall through moments before the deadline, leading to a huge row between the two clubs.

Both blamed each other and United vowed never to do business with Real again, as exclusively revealed in Starsport.

De Gea went on to sign a new and improved deal with United worth £200,000-a-week that made him the highest-paid keeper in world football.

Back in 2015 De Gea had just 12 months of his deal remaining, which left him vulnerable to being sold.

David De Gea came close to joining Real Madrid in 2015

But United know now that De Gea is contracted until 2019, with the option of an extra 12 months and is more settled in Manchester.

United’s qualification for the Champions League again for the first time since 2013 has also strengthened the hand of boss Jose Mourinho.

United are expected to sign up to four world class players this summer, with Antoine Griezmann and Romelu Lukaku top of their wanted list.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that United have no intention of selling Wayne Rooney, unless he wants to leave.


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