Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has surprisingly claimed that his side don’t need to finish in the top four this season in order to keep hold of goalkeeper David de Gea this summer.
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As Goal.com reports, the Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of next season and he has been widely linked with a move to European Champions Real Madrid, who have grown frustrated with the performances of Iker Casillas.
The 2011 signing from Atletico Madrid has been one of the club’s stand-out performers so far this season, recently helping inspire wins over top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool – leaving United with a five point cushion on the final Champions League spot.
However, Van Gaal believes that the club aren’t under pressure to match their own player’s ambitions and that he will stay regardless of how the final eight games of the season play out.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s game with Aston Villa, he told reporters: “I don’t think you have to ask that question to me. You have to ask David De Gea. We have a number of very good players.
“All the national coaches are confirming that because they are asking the players of ours. I don’t think that’s the problem.”