Manchester United target David De Gea has denied that he has reached an agreement to transfer from Atletico Madrid to Old Trafford, but has not exactly ruled out a departure in the summer.
De Gea has been linked with Manchester United since a time when he was not even a first-choice pick for Atletico, and he has been watched by United scout Eric Steele on multiple occasions. Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin has claimed both United and Chelsea have made offers for the goalkeeper.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisted on Tuesday that such claims are premature and the player himself has echoed those comments.
"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."
Gil Marin told Cadena SER radio: "We've received offers from both United and Chelsea, while he also has an offer from us to renew his deal.
"We'd like him to stay here, but David's future is entirely in his own hands."
United are seeking a replacment for both Edwin Van Der Sar, who is retiring this summer, and Tomas Kuszczak, who has been told he can leave Old Trafford in search of first-team football.