Real Madrid still expect David De Gea to reject a new contract offer from Manchester United and will secure his services for free once his current deal at Old Trafford expires at the end of this season, according to Marca.
The Spanish publication claimed that Real club president Florentino Perez made the decision to stop further talks with the English club after the debacle of this transfer window.
The future of the Spanish international has been under scrutiny after his desired move to the Santiago Bernabeu failed to go through on the Spanish deadline day (on 31 August) with the necessary paperwork failing to arrive at the La Liga headquarters on time.
Spanish newspaper AS reported on Thursday that De Gea may eventually sign a new deal at Old Trafford because he believes Louis van Gall will keep him in exile this season unless he agrees to continue at the club beyond the end of his current deal.
Perez refused to confirmed whether the club would make another move for the keeper in January although he admitted that some time ago the reached agreement with De Gea for him to join the club at the end of his contract in the summer of 2016.
"From now on I have no idea what will happen. This is an issue that has just happened and we still can't talk about it yet. I just can say what we did and what we tried. Today this is not the issue. We have much to talk about and discuss," Perez said to Cadena Ser.
"Over a year ago we realised that De Gea was the best replacement for Iker. It is true that we had an agreement with De Gea for him to join us when his contract expires. This summer we didn´t expect to do anything because [United were not interested in selling him]."
But Marca claims that Real Madrid's intentions eventually remain the same as before their failure this time around. The Spanish publication claim that the club idea is "to wait for the keeper to turn down a new deal with the Premier League side and see out his current contract".
Marca claim that after the relationship between the clubs hit rock bottom following what happened on Monday night, Perez will not hold further negotiations with the Premier League giants – but will take advantage of his contract situation to sign De Gea for free next summer.