Louis van Gaal has moved to placate Manchester United fans worried that David De Gea will leave the club this summer by insisting the Spaniard will sign a new contract this season.
As reportedly be the Manchester Evening News, Van Gaal said that De Gea has improved tremendously over the past few months since the Dutchman’s arrival and he believes the player will commit his long-term future to the club.
De Gea’s place at United was called into question after it was confirmed that Spanish compatriot Victor Valdes had signed for the Old Trafford club.
While De Gea is established as the club’s number one, Valdes’s arrival has sparked speculation that United could cash in on De Gea with Real Madrid reportedly willing to offer £30m.
But Van Gaal has moved to reassure fans. He said: “De Gea has developed himself in the six months that I’ve been here very much.
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“I’m very pleased with his development. I think there is no problem for him to sign.
“When you’re a [regular] player, then probably you are the best, and then the manager is very happy that a player that is fixed in the line-up will stay.”
Real Madrid interest
These comments from Van Gaal are well-timed considering reports today suggest David De Gea’s representatives had opened talks with Real Madrid over a potential summer move.
It’s thought Carlo Ancelotti sees the Manchester United keeper as the ideal replacement for Iker Casillas.