Huge boost for Man United as star man's contract DOES NOT contain release clause

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Manchester United and Jose Mourinho are set for a rather interesting summer indeed, after news emerged that David De Gea does not currently have a release clause in his contract.

That of course means Real Madrid will have to pay a huge amount if they want to sign the player this summer, with De Gea currently under contract until 2019. Now while that will not stop De Gea from pushing for a move should he wish to do so, one thing that it will do is give United far more power in any potential negotiations.

It could even convince Real to turn to their back-up option, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, who is of course another top goalie, and someone who has been linked with a return to the Spanish capital time and time again.

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Reports in Spain had suggested that De Gea had a release clause of around £52 million in his current contract – something that is not actually the case, meaning United could demand a blank cheque for his services.

While former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was not on good terms with Real Madrid, and the club probably not even knowing who David Moyes was or bothering with Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho knows the board and Florentino Perez well, having of course worked for them before his return to Chelsea.

That may open the way for negotiations, but you’d expect United and Mourinho to want to keep hold of their prized keeper – and wouldn’t blame them for playing hardball.

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