Cape Town - Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out a January bid for unsettled Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
De Gea was the subject of a failed deadline day bid by Los Blancos but the Spanish giants will not be aiming to sign the player in January, according to the Daily Mail.
Perez was asked by Spanish radio station Cadena Cope if Madrid would make a January bid for De Gea to which Perez replied: "No definately not," before adding: "We are not contemplating that he comes next year."
The Real Madrid president believes manager Rafael Benitez has three very good goalkeepers at his disposal.
Perez then provided Manchester United fans with some hope of keeping their star goalkeeper - the English club's Player of the Year for the last two seasons.
"We have not told him not to sign (a new deal)." said Perez.
Perez says the 24-year-old goalkeeper must do what "is best for his career" and hinted that De Gea could yet renew his contract with the Red Devils.
"It’s very difficult that he does nothing for a year.
"When people say: “wait for a year and then he comes free” that has never happened with any big player.’" said Perez.
Madrid will also not be paying De Gea a penalty fee for failing to bring De Gea to the club in the last transfer window, according to Perez.