Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admitted that goalkeeper David de Gea still faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford despite being involved in the club's tour of the US.
As reported by Goal.com, Van Gaal, who was speaking in a press conference ahead of his side's first pre-season clash with Club America tomorrow, has insisted that the Spanish shot-stopper is doing his best in training, but can't be certain if he will star for the club in the 2015/16 campaign.
The long-term future of De Gea, of course, has been the subject of much debate in recent time, with the Spaniard heavily linked with a return to the capital.
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Formerly of Atletico Madrid, the talented 'keeper has seemingly been lined up as a replacement for Iker Casillas, who departed the Bernabeu in favour of a move to Porto earlier this week.
However, he could yet stay on at the Theatre of Dreams, but Van Gaal has been unable to give any definitive answer at this stage in the proceedings.
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"When you ask me about the attitude of De Gea I think it's stupid [the question]. I cannot answer that [if Manchester United will sign Romero] because it is a process. I can't say anything about the process and the strategy of Manchester United.
"I've said that two or three press conferences and you are asking every time the same questions. Maybe you are right, or maybe not, it's dependable of David de Gea.
"Shall he stay? I don't know! Maybe you? Maybe you have spoken with David? He's training here and doing his utmost best."
One more year
Perhaps De Gea should actually take note from previous Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who seemingly waited an extra year before completing his dream move to the Bernabeu.
At the end of the day, the Spanish shot-stopper will be out of contract at the end of next season, so could leave Manchester on a free. That, then, would give United one more season of De Gea as Van Gaal's side go about establishing themselves as genuine contenders both on the domestic and European scene.
The scenario would quite possibly suit Real Madrid, too, who would gain the services of the goalkeeper on a free transfer next summer.
Of course, United officials may well want to secure a fee for their No.1, but keeping him may well help the club land a 21st Premier League title, while it would also give them time to find his successor. The saga will no doubt rumble on for some time to come.
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