Louis van Gaal claims he never lost hope of David de Gea committing future to Man United
Louis van Gaal has claimed he never lost hope of David de Gea committing his future to Manchester United after the goalkeeper signed a new four-year contract at Old Trafford – eleven days after the last-minute collapse of his £29m transfer to Real Madrid.
De Gea, set to make his first competitive appearance of the season for United against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday, signed a £200,000-a-week four-year deal, including the option of a further year, on Friday.
And although the prospect of De Gea being sold to Real next summer remains a possibility, Van Gaal insists the 24-year-old’s decision to sign a new deal is no surprise.
“Everything can happen, especially at the end, and I had hope,” Van Gaal said. “If Madrid paid the price and had the papers in order at the right time, he would have been sold.
“But I am delighted it did not happen because he was my best player last year and it is a happy end.
“It is the world of football and it is a crazy world. I cannot change that crazy world.”
Having omitted De Gea from his team due to the distraction of Real’s interest so far this season, Van Gaal believes the ‘keeper is now ready to return.
“It’s logical that his head is now empty and he can concentrate and focus on the match,” Van Gaal said. “That is a big change from three or four weeks before, so I hope I can see that and give him his first start.”