Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will not play in the Red Devils’ season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur, as the Real Madrid transfer rumours are being considered a distraction.
According to the Daily Star, Man United boss Louis van Gaal is prepared to continue refusing to put De Gea in the net until the transfer window closes in early September.
“I think when it is the first of September then there is a decision made as the transfer period is over then you have to manage the new situation which is easier,” Van Gaal said.
De Gea has made it clear that he wants to transfer to Real Madrid, as he would be returning to his native Spain.
Man United are refusing to sell the 24-year-old goalie until they receive close to their £35m asking price though.
Van Gaal has revealed that Real Madrid have not made any intriguing offers yet.
For the time being, rookie Sam Johnstone will be the Red Devils’ starting goalie. He has been featured the most during Man United’s pre-season tour.
It remains to be seen how often De Gea will feature under LVG in the final year of his Man United contract if the Red Devils continue to stonewall Real Madrid’s offers.
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