"Real Madrid? I have to return to Manchester for pre-season."
The words uttered goalkeeper David De Gea to the microphones of broadcaster Cuatro, as he departed the Spanish capital on Sunday, heading back to England after his weekend break.
Following on those comments, Spanish radio network Cadena COPE claim the 24-year-old won't be rocking the boat, when he reports for pre-season training with the Red Devils on Monday.
Their sources have indicated that De Gea won't try to cause any rebellion at his club, nor will he submit a formal transfer request to force through a move to Real Madrid. One that he'd apparently hoped would be done and dusted by now.
However, Cadena COPE also underlined that something else De Gea won't do, is put pen to paper on any new deal offered by Manchester United. They believe he will now simply bide his time, then wait until next summer to complete a desired move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Clearly the question that now remains, is whether Manchester United will stand firm and risk losing De Gea for nothing, or opt to cash in now, providing Real Madrid match their valuations. A tricky situation that Old Trafford officials must deal with one way or the other, for certain.
Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, who represents De Gea, apparently promised to have the move to Real Madrid signed, sealed and delivered before now, according to Spanish reports. Yet this is a saga drags on, and on, and on...
Why? Well, on Sunday reports in Spanish newspaper AS highlighted executive vice-chairman Edward Woodward, as being the key factor in negotiations with Real Madrid, along with his stubborn refusal to let De Gea leave Manchester United this summer, "unless they get Ramos..."
Interestingly, it's not simply a question of the money either, even though United have big spending plans this summer. It's about the club remaining a "dominant" force in the transfer market, suggest AS, showing that they can match the often overbearing pressure from Real Madrid, with firm demands of their own.
By wanting Ramos to head their way, conscious his frequently reported rift with Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez could work in their favour, United and Woodward have made it perfectly clear that if they're to lose one of the best, they must have someone of equal or greater stature in footballing terms, in return.
This impasse isn't one that will be resolved any time soon, unless one or the other club backs down in some way. Neither seem willing to do anything like that at the moment.