Louis van Gaal was less than impressed with journalists fielding questions over David de Gea’s Manchester United future yesterday, hitting out at the transfer speculation that continues to surround the Spaniard.
De Gea was widely expected to depart Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu last summer, though the transfer failed to materialise.
Regardless of the fact he penned a new four-year deal, as his stellar form has continued into this campaign there has been little respite for those hoping he remains a Red Devil - Van Gaal, however, seems pretty fed up.
The Dutchman has been frequently quizzed over the possibility of De Gea finally completing a switch to Los Blancos when this summer has run its course, and he’s repeatedly assured people that it’s not a move he expects to see.
It would appear that the latest round of questions were a little too much for LVG, who is, of course, himself facing an uncertain future.
Van Gaal response
"You have said that he is going to Real Madrid. I have said always that he stays. You remember that?" Van Gaal said, in response to questions over De Gea's future.
"And now you are asking how long he has to stay? Come on. First you have to say, 'Okay, sorry that I have written that. Sorry.' Ask him, ask him. Maybe he said something about that, but not to me."
In fairness to those posing the queries, it isn’t all that difficult to envisage De Gea pushing for a Real transfer this summer, particularly if Manchester United can’t guarantee themselves Champions League football for next season.
Would De Gea move?
De Gea has been far and away the club’s best player for the past two seasons, and one can assume it won’t be long before his ambition outstrips his loyalty.
There is the small matter of Keylor Navas’ form to consider - the Real goalkeeper has himself been impressive all year - but Florentino Perez is a man who has long valued reputation over mere ability.
United fans, is this the year that you will lose De Gea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.