Reports emerged overnight suggesting that the Manchester United goalkeeper would not want to play for the club until his future is sorted.
The BBC report that De Gea has been surprised to have been dropped for the opening games of the season - with Louis van Gaal confirming that he will miss tonight's trip to Aston Villa after being dropped for the opening day win against Tottenham - with Sergio Romero taking his place in goal.
De Gea has been persistently linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid throughout the summer and after the way van Gaal has handled the situation, coupled with the suggestion the Spaniard has refused to play for the club would lead to many suggesting that De Gea has had his head turned at the prospect of moving back to his homeland.
The report says that De Gea will not be considered for selection until the end of the transfer window, while United are after a world record fee for their player of the year from last season, as well as defender Sergio Ramos in exchange.
If what those close to De Gea say is true then it does raise a few questions as to how this has been handled by the Manchester United manager, as well as the hierachy.
There is evidently interest in the player as the speculation has rumbled on for quite some time in media reports both here and in Spain. Has this interest now been overstated by Manchester United?
If the goalkeeper ends up staying at Old Trafford this summer then there could be implications when it comes to the relationship between the player and the manager given that he has left him out of the opening games of the new season, when he feels he has made himself available for selection. If this develops into a row that rumbles on then somebody's reputation could be damaged as a result.