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David de Gea has a release clause in his new contract for a pretty hefty sum

Real Madrid will have to pay €41m to land de Gea this summer.

De Gea returned to the United line-up yesterday.
De Gea returned to the United line-up yesterday.
Image: EMPICS Sport

AFTER COMING WITHIN minutes of signing for Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, David de Gea performed a u-turn this week by penning a new long-term deal with Manchester United.

However, even the most passionate United fan would admit that there is still a possibility the player will move on at the end of the season, and it appears the player has had a buy-out clause put into the new deal.

While the deal agreed between Manchester United and Real Madrid was believed to be worth around €40m, (which included Keylor Navas going the other way), Real will now reportedly have to fork out €41m (£29m) to land De Gea in the summer.

The Sun on Sunday say that a release clause was agreed between United and the player, in order for the club to ensure they didn’t lose him on a free transfer in the summer.

Speaking after signing his contract earlier this week, de Gea never directly pledged his future to the club, with Real expected to renew their interest this summer.

“I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career,” he said.

“I have always enjoyed playing with these great players in front of our fantastic fans.

“Manchester United is a special club and Old Trafford is an ideal place for me to continue to develop my career.”

The Spaniard was back between the goals for his first appearance of the season yesterday, helping United pick up a 3-1 win at home to Liverpool.

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