Last updated : 05 July 2007 By Ed
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GABRIEL Heinze is poised to leave Manchester United as Real Madrid prepare a £6m bid to tempt him to the Bernabeu.

The Argentinian ace has vowed not to discuss his future with anyone until after his country's involvement in the Copa America ends, but has let friends know he is unhappy at playing second fiddle to Patrice Evra for much of last season.

And that could mean Mikael Silvestre's Old Trafford career is extended by another season despite strong interest from both Bordeaux and top French club Lyon.

Heinze's injury troubles and his long absence on international duty - he will miss United's pre-season tour of the Far East should Argentina progress in the Copa America - have not done him any favours, despite being a fans' favourite.

And United legend Pat Crerand believes that a move away from Old Trafford may be the best option for the player.

"I think there is a strong possibility Gabby will go," he said.

"That would be disappointing for the supporters and for the club but since Patrice came in he has been magnificent, and Gabby must be thinking he won't play as often as he would like.

"Then you see that Roberto Carlos has left Real Madrid - so they are desperate for a left-back.

"And if you are not in the team like Gabby, you are not happy. A manager would also be angry with any player who is happy sitting on the bench."

But Crerand feels Heinze will get games if he should stays, saying: "There are very few players at this club who are certain of their place every week - maybe three or four.

"Look at the players United have used over the years who are not first choices but have ended up playing 25 games a season because of injuries, resting players and so on."