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De Gea's Real Madrid contract leaks online

David de Gea was set to earn £9.2million a year on a deal to 2021 at Real Madrid had he completed a move from Manchester United last summer, according to the Football Leaks website.

United and Madrid in August agreed a £29million transfer that would have seen the goalkeeper swap Old Trafford for the Bernabeu, but the proposed switch fell through after the requisite paperwork was not submitted before the Spanish deadline.

De Gea was set to make a huge amount of money at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

On Monday, Football Leaks published a document it claims is the contract De Gea was due to sign at Madrid.

It shows the Spain international would have received a figure of 11,818,182 euros (£9.2million) for each season from 2015-16 to 2020-21.

There is also mention of a break clause of 500million euros (£388million), which De Gea would have been obliged to pay if he walked out on his contract.

Only a few days after the move failed to materialise, United announced De Gea - who joined them from Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal in 2011 - had signed a new four-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.

That deal was reportedly worth £200,000 per week. The figures from the Football Leaks document equate to around £176,000 per week.

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Payet in talks over new deal amid Arsenal interest

West Ham have entered contact negotiations with France international Dimitri Payet amid speculation the player was demanding a huge pay increase.

Payet, who signed from Marseille for an eight-figure sum, has scored six league goals in 18 appearances and has also laid on four assists to help West Ham to sixth place in the table.

Payet has been West Ham's standout performer this season. Credit: PA

Speculation over the past few days had claimed Payet had made demands for a bumper new deal - something the club refuted before revealing in the same statement that they were now in discussions about a fresh contract for the player.

"Following reports in today's media, West Ham United would like to clarify that at no time have Dimitri Payet or his agent made any demands to the club over a new contract," the statement released by the club read.

"However, the club can confirm that due to Dimitri's outstanding impact since his arrival at the Boleyn Ground, they have initiated amicable and productive talks about an improvement and extension to his contract. Those talks are progressing well and it is hoped they can be concluded shortly.

"Dimitri would like to make clear that he is very proud to play for West Ham United and he appreciates the support he has received from the board, manager and fans since he joined the club in the summer."

Payet's consistently impressive displays had already seen him linked with a host of other clubs, with Arsenal the latest side reportedly preparing a bid.

O'Connell announces retirement from rugby

Paul O'Connell has ended his career. Credit: PA

Paul O'Connell has been forced to retire without playing a game for new club Toulon, unable to beat the hamstring injury that ended his World Cup prematurely.

The 36-year-old retired from Test rugby after Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina, but had missed the last-eight clash after tearing his hamstring in the pool-stage victory over France.

O'Connell had always planned to trade home province Munster for Toulon and retire from international rugby after the World Cup, but that autumn injury has now denied him a club swansong with the French giants.

Newcastle signing like Asprilla - Beardsley

Seydou Doumbia has arrived from Roma. Credit: Reuters

Newcastle United legend Peter Beardsley says new signing Seydou Doumbia reminds him of Faustino Asprilla.

Doumbia played for Newcastle's Under-21s, who are managed by Beardsley, on Monday, leaving an impression on many despite only 45 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Stoke.

Having had him with us yesterday and today, the first thing I thought was 'Tino Asprilla'.

When he we kicked off, he stepped over the ball and it was funny for me because obviously I used to play with Tino. As stupid as it sounds, that was the highlight of the game for me, when he stepped over the ball!

The crowd almost went one way and the ball went the other. Class.

– Peter Beardsley speaking to nufc.co.uk

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