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Louis van Gaal can keep David de Gea at Manchester United

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So it turns out that Real Madrid have erected a stage for Friday and cancelled tours at certain times. They are said to be trying to sign David de Gea for as little as £13 million (depending on what you read) due to the Spanish stopper being out of contract next summer.

With De Gea's girlfriend also residing in Madrid, it sounds like this one is a done deal. Or is it?

Real Madrid would be wise to remember that while De Gea is contracted to the Red Devils, they will have to prise their top target from a familiar foe, a man who is known to be stubborn, a former Barcelona manager. His name is Louis van Gaal.

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People may scoff and refer me to the interview that the Dutchman gave following Manchester United's final home game last season against Arsenal where De Gea was substituted due to injury.

However, the arrogance of Real Madrid could be about to bite them in the rear end. They are a club managed by Rafa Benitez, who is most definitely thought of fondly at the Theatre of Dreams.

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The eccentric Dutchman has also faced Real Madrid several times over the years as coach of Barcelona, and was also the mentor of Jose Mourinho, whose exit from the White House was not amicable to say the least.

Take into account all of these factors and I don't think Real will be getting their man on the cheap. It will be top dollar or nothing. If Real want him they can pay the asking price. If not, get him for free in 12 months time.

Surely that works for them or is another season of Iker Casillas as number one not good enough? If the answer to that question is "no", then they'd better meet United's valuation or what is best for business won't be good for Madrid.

Manchester United fans: How likely is it that David de Gea will still be at Old Trafford next season? Share your thoughts in the comment box below...

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La Liga
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Real Madrid
David de Gea
Manchester United
Louis van Gaal

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