Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted it is possible that goalkeeper David de Gea could join Real Madrid.
De Gea’s contract situation is currently the big talking point at Old Trafford. The 24-year-old has less than 18 months left to run on his current deal and fans fear their world-class goalkeeper will be lured to the Bernabeu this summer.
When asked whether De Gea is going to sign a contract extension with the Red Devils, Van Gaal was quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: “I think that is also a question between the player and the board of Manchester United.”
And the Dutch coach remained coy when asked if he fears his number one goalkeeper will leave for Real Madrid.
“Everything is possible in the world of football,” Van Gaal added. “We want to keep him.”
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De Gea’s agent made a similar statement recently, telling reporters: “He’s a United player and has a contract there. You have to respect that but things change every five minutes.”
De Gea has not signed new deal
Reports in Italy this week claimed De Gea has agreed a new five-year deal with Manchester United, but it’s now safe to assume this story was wide of the mark.
De Gea has not signed a contract extension and his Old Trafford future remains very much up in the air.
Spanish football expert Graham Hunter revealed that the arrival of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes ‘threw’ De Gea a little this month - and that the former Atletico Madrid starlet would be tempted to join the reigning European champions.
“He was a little bit thrown by the arrival of Victor Valdes, who he regarded as a role model,” Hunter told talkSPORT. “I think the word from people around him is that, if he was offered Real Madrid, it would severely tempt him."
Victor Valdes to become United No. 1?
Should De Gea leave Manchester United this summer, Valdes will almost certainly become the Red Devils’ new No. 1.
The 33-year-old made his first appearance for his new employers last Monday - in the Under-21’s 2-1 win over Liverpool - and is working his way back to full fitness following his lengthy injury lay-off.
But while Valdes is a very competent goalkeeper, De Gea is arguably one of the best players in the world in his respective position alongside Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer.