David de Gea rejected shock Premier League return in January as ex-Man Utd goalkeeper turned down Nottingham Forest offer in final week of window


With Forest seemingly losing faith in goalkeepers Matt Turner and Odysseas Vlachodimos, they were on the hunt for a new stopper in January. The Athletic has reported that they tried to tempt free agent De Gea to the City Ground, with intermediaries pitching a proposed short-term deal to his camp. This was seen as a way for the Spaniard to put himself in the 'shop window', with a view to securing a bigger move in the summer. But he wasn't interested, and Forest then signed Matz Sels instead.

At 33, De Gea is by no means considered old for a goalkeeper. But the longer he is out of football, the closer he is to sleepwalking towards retirement, as it will only get increasingly difficult to get back into it. If the summer comes and goes without him joining a new club, the likelihood of anything but retirement seems slim.

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