Louis van Gaal optimistic David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite Real Madrid interest

first_img1 David de Gea Louis van Gaal gave hope to Manchester United fans across the planet on Friday when he said he was optimistic about the chances of David De Gea staying at Old Trafford.Real Madrid are interested in signing De Gea this summer and contract talks between United and the Spaniard have so far been unproductive.The 24-year-old waved to United fans as he left the pitch at Old Trafford last week after suffering an injury in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, but van Gaal does not think that was a sign from De Gea that his four-year spell at United was up.”I believe still that David De Gea shall stay,” the United manager said.Following the stalemate against Arsenal, Van Gaal sounded somewhat more pessimistic about his star goalkeeper, who was named club player of the season this week for the second successive year.Two days after saying he had drawn up a list of potential replacements for United’s player of the season, the Dutchman admitted the lure of returning to his homeland may end up being too strong for De Gea.Van Gaal said in his post-match press conference last weekend: ”He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, now a Spanish club is coming, his father and mother come every week or every two weeks here, so it is difficult. But we would be very happy if he stays.”But there was a more optimistic tone from Van Gaal when he spoke at his weekly press conference at Carrington on Friday and the Spain international may even take the gloves back off Victor Valdes, who replaced De Gea after he suffered his hamstring injury, for the trip to Hull City.”I want to play him against Hull City because of the fact that I have to put out my strongest team and I think with David de Gea we have the strongest team,” added the Dutchman.“I think De Gea is a better goalkeeper [than Valdes]. He [De Gea] has trained today for the first time. He still had a problem so we have to wait and see tomorrow.”last_img

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