Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea to remain at Old Trafford beyond this summer even if the Red Devils miss out on Champions League qualification.
This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who understand Van Gaal is not concerned about the possibility of De Gea forcing a move to Real Madrid if United fail to secure a top-four finish.
The Spain international will have a year left to run on his contract this summer, and there are growing fears that he could be tempted to the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid are seeking a long-term replacement for Iker Casillas.
Van Gaal expects De Gea to stay
“I don’t think you have to ask that question to me. You have to ask David De Gea,” an unperturbed Van Gaal told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa. “We have a number of very good players.
“All the national coaches are confirming that because they are asking the players of ours.
“I don’t think that’s the problem.”
Good chance De Gea will leave United
Many Manchester United fans are fearful that De Gea’s reluctance to sign a contract extension indicates the 24-year-old has plans to leave Old Trafford.
The opportunity to join Real Madrid, arguably the biggest club in world football, while returning to his home city may prove too tempting for De Gea to resist.
It’s understood Real Madrid are prepared to wait until the summer of 2016 in order to sign De Gea on a free transfer - although they will be acutely aware that a huge offer could force Manchester United’s hand this summer.
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