Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal may have offered star goalkeeper David de Gea a bumper £200,000-per-week deal to stay at the club, but he admitted that he is also powerless to stop him from joining Real Madrid this summer, The Sun reports.
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Reports are suggesting that the La Liga title chasers are preparing a mammoth £50million bid for his services this summer after his performances for United have propelled him to the top of their wish list.
United are desperate to keep hold of him, and have already offered a new five-year deal worth around £140,000-per-week, but are now said to be willing to go up to £200,000 in order to temp him to stick around.
De Gea has been earmarked as a long term replacement for club legend Iker Casillas, but isn’t thought to be interested in a battle for the number one spot if the veteran stays.
But with one-year left to run on his current deal, and despite the big money on offer manager Louis Van Gaal says he’s still powerless in the player’s decision making process.
“I am not the boss. The player is the boss. He can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. You will have to ask David De Gea, not me,” he said.
“He has to sign. We’ve offered a lot of money. I want him to stay.”