Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has reportedly decided to sell David De Gea, even though he has spent the last two months preventing the Spanish goalkeeper from joining Real Madrid.
Van Gaal reached this decision after De Gea put in a poor performance in the opening half of Manchester United’s recent friendly with Paris Saint-Germain. De Gea had looked very shaky in the opening minutes, which included a feeble kick that landed at the feet of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, before he was then caught in a mix-up with defender Phil Jones that led to PSG’s opening goal. De Gea was then taken off at half-time by Van Gaal.
Reports in Spain have now insisted that De Gea’s poor performance in this encounter has led Van Gaal to decide to sell the Spaniard. The AS newspaper, via the Guardian, have reported that Van Gaal has grown weary of De Gea’s drawn out transfer saga with Madrid, which has been taking place over the last few weeks. This, now coupled with De Gea’s recent poor performance, means that Van Gaal wants the goalkeeper to be sold as soon as possible.
Van Gaal was clearly starting to grow tired of the entire debacle involving De Gea after the match with PSG. The Dutch coach remarked, “We have a situation that is not favorable for David De Gea but neither for us and neither for the club [Real Madrid] that maybe he wants to go [to].”
Van Gaal then remarked that the reason for his poor performance against PSG was that De Gea’s mind might have been on his possible transfer to Real Madrid. And after seeing these mistakes Van Gaal realised that De Gea might be liable to make further errors later in the season. Van Gaal explained, “Everybody can make mistakes but when a goalkeeper makes a mistake it is mostly a goal and that’s the difference.”
Manchester United bought De Gea from Atletico Madrid back in 2011. But he now has just one year left on his contract, and he’s now trying to angle a move back to his home city. Real Madrid are willing to spend £25 million ($40 million) on De Gea, a fee that United weren’t prepared to accept earlier this summer.
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