Real Madrid target 'homesick' David de Gea?

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Real Madrid want Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas, according to reports.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly being targeted by Real Madrid as a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.

Spanish media have insisted that De Gea has struggled to adapt to life in England and expect Madrid to launch a bid to sign the United keeper in January.

According to the Daily Mail, Real boss Jose Mourinho has a close working relationship with De Gea's agent Jorge Mendes and has sounded him out over a potential deal to bring the Spanish starlet back to his native land.

De Gea is currently in the midst of a fierce battle to tie down a place as United's first-choice keeper with Anders Lindegaard.

Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to give either man his backing as number one, forcing both players to fight for a starting spot.

The 21-year-old admitted during the summer that he has found adjusting to the Premier League more difficult than he expected due to the physical nature of English football.

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