You thought we were done with this David de Gea nonsense, didn't you?
It was a wild summer. The Spanish goalkeeper came within minutes of successfully agitating his way out of Manchester United and back to the city he never wished he left.
But the move to Real Madrid collapsed and he sensibly signed a long-term contract with the Red Devils, shelving speculation for another year at least. That was until FIFA got involved and changed everything.
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The world governing body of football handed a two-window transfer ban to Real Madrid, which comes into effect in the summer. It has sparked what is likely to be a mad dash for new signings in the current window, including, according to some, a mega-money move for De Gea.
As a result, Van Gaal was forced to address the speculation in his most recent press conference. With his squad currently sitting on the edge of top four contention, it is the last thing he wants to worry about.
Shutting it down
He did an excellent job of shutting it down, admitting that there was a time when he believed the goalkeeper was unhappy at Old Trafford but is confident he is happy now.
"I don't think that kind of thing plays in the mind of David de Gea," the Dutchman told reporters on Friday.
"I don't think that and I have never thought that. That was in a period before the [January] transfer window. But now I am seeing a De Gea who is enjoying staying here at Manchester United and playing good games."
The Guardian hypothesised that the upcoming ban would force Real Madrid to 'stockpile talent'. That could mean moves for Chelsea star Eden Hazard as well as De Gea.
However, leaving in January is not something many big-name players do, especially as he is already cup-tied from the Champions League. Not only that but unlike in the summer, Manchester United are under no pressure to sell.
Don't worry, United fans, we don't think this story is going anywhere.
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