Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will not be selected for their opening Premier League fixture at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The Spanish international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer who are looking for a new goalkeeper following the departure of club legend Iker Casillas.
Louis Van Gaal said this morning in his pre-match press conference that the speculation has affected De Gea's mindset.
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He said: "De Gea will not play. I think about the human being more than the player and I don't think he can handle that.
"We will have to see who starts."
New signing Sergio Romero is expected to start for the Red Devils after Victor Valdes was told to train with the Under 21 squad this week. Youngster Sam Johnstone and Anders Lindegaard are both vying for a place on the bench.
Move nearing completion
Spanish newspaper Marca had earlier claimed this week that De Gea's future could be sorted by the weekend although it remains to see if a deal can be reached between United and Real Madrid. De Gea's absence on Saturday could be a sign that he is, indeed, switching from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu.
And his girlfriend, Spanish pop-star Edurne Garcia, let slip that a move was nearing completion whilst taking part in a TV interview on Wednesday. She was caught off-microphone saying when he is in Madrid, everything will be much easier.
United boss Louis Van Gaal has no injury worries ahead of the game but has confirmed Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo will not be fit.
The draw for the Champions League play-offs was made this morning; United will face Belgian side Club Brugge in a two-legged tie to join Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the group stages of the competition.
The first leg will take place on August 18/19 at Old Trafford with the second leg in Belgium a week later.