Alex Ferguson compiled a personal scouting report on Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea and while the player said he is committed to the Spanish club, he also hinted at contract talks in the summer.
De Gea, 19, has been on Ferguson's radar for some time and the United boss reportedly sees him as the long term successor to 39-year-old Edwin van der Sar, who is one a one-year contract.
Reports have linked United with a £12 million move for the keeper in January and De Gea hinted that he plans to look at his contract at Atletico at the turn off the year.
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'I have a contract until 2013, and when the year is out we'll see ifthings are going well, and those who have to talk [about an extension]will talk,' he said.
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Fergusonmissed his side's Carling Cup clash with Scunthorpe last week to cast his eye over Valencia - tomorrow's Champions League opponents - in a game against Atletico, but killed two birds with one stone by also watching the young stopper.
However, De Gea played down suggestions that Ferguson was watching him play.
'I learned [that Ferguson was there] the next day on TV and the news,' said De Gea.
'I think that rather than seeing me he was watching Valencia, who they are facing in the Champions League.
'The important thing is that I have a contract here and I'm an Atletico player until 2013. That's what matters.
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