Manchester United plan contract talks with De Gea amid Real Madrid interest

Real Madrid are continuing to monitor David de Gea's impressive form at Manchester United.

There had been increasing clamour in Spain for 23-year-old De Gea to replace the under-fire Iker Casillas in the national side and Madrid are considering a similar move at club level.

United, though, are planning discussions over an improved contract with their goalkeeper and hope to ratify a new long-term deal soon.

De Gea, who was player of the year last season, signed for £17.8million in June 2011 and his deal runs out in 2016.

Although initial conversations took place last year, talks had been put on hold as United strengthened their squad in other areas.

Louis van Gaal still wants another goalkeeper to provide competition for De Gea with Anders Lindegaard looking for a new club.

However, Real see the former Atletico No 1 as the man to replace Casillas, just as he did for Spain in the 4-0 win over Luxembourg.

Credit: SportsMail