Former Manchester United ace David de Gea suffers transfer blow after ex-Man City boss admission

De Gea, who turned 33 last week, has been without a club since leaving Old Trafford in July. United made the decision not to renew his contract after a shaky conclusion to last season, with manager Erik ten Hag deciding to revamp the goalkeeping department instead.

The Spaniard, however, has found it difficult to source a new club, with nothing so far coming to fruition for the former Atletico Madrid youngster. He has been linked with a flurry of clubs across Europe and in Saudi Arabia.

The most recent club to have been linked with the possibility of handing him a route back into the sport was Betis, who were dumped out of the Europa League by United last season. It was suggested they were targeting De Gea as a free agent to provide cover for injured shot-stoppers Rui Silva and Claudio Bravo.

Pellegrini, however, has put faith in reserve goalkeeper Fran Vieites, who started the weekend&aposs 1-1 draw with cross-city rivals Sevilla. And following that stalemate, Pellegrini, who spent three years in charge at Manchester City, poured cold water on suggestions he was planning a move for De Gea.

“If you ask me I would say I don&apost think so,” he said, answering a question about the likelihood of adding De Gea to Betis&apos ranks.