With just one year left on his current deal, it is understood??Manchester United are resigned to losing De Gea, if not this year then in 2016.
However, speaking after Real???s 4-1 pre-season win over Manchester City in Melbourne, head coach Benitez refused to be drawn on the future of the Spanish goalkeeper.
???I do not know, he is not here and I don???t know,??? he is quoted as saying by AS. ???I do not usually talk with (Manchester United manager) Louis van Gaal every day.
???In every game I have a goalkeeper in the goal and I am satisfied with that.???
Benitez was also asked about the future of defender Sergio Ramos, who is reportedly a transfer target for Manchester United this summer.
???When I arrived at the club I spoke with Iker Casillas and Sergio and I knew their situations and they knew my opinion,??? said the former Liverpool manager.
???Sergio knew from day one I want him to stay and I am sure he will.???
And asked on the future of striker Karim Benzema, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Benitez said he was “sure he would stay”.