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Van Gaal upbeat about De Gea staying at United

Jamie Holland

Published 23/05/2015 | 02:30

David de Gea
David de Gea

Louis Van Gaal is optimistic about the chances of David de Gea staying at Old Trafford.

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Real Madrid are interested in signing De Gea this summer and talks between United and the Spaniard about a new contract have so far been unproductive.

The 24-year-old waved to United fans as he left the pitch at Old Trafford last Sunday after suffering an injury in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

However, Van Gaal does not think that was a sign from De Gea that his four-year spell at United was up.

"I believe still that David de Gea shall stay,'' the United manager said.

Following the stalemate against Arsenal, Van Gaal had sounded somewhat more pessimistic about his star goalkeeper, who was named club player of the season this week for the second successive year.

The Dutchman admitted the lure of returning to his homeland could prove too strong for De Gea to resist.

But there was a more optimistic tone from Van Gaal when he spoke at his weekly press conference at Carrington yesterday.

The Spain international may even take the gloves back off Victor Valdes, who replaced De Gea against the Gunners, for tomorrow's match against Hull.

''I want to play him because of the fact that I have to put out my strongest team,'' Van Gaal said.

''He (De Gea) has trained today for the first time. He still had a problem so we have to wait and see.''

A number of other United players still have question marks over their futures.

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Robin van Persie, Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Nani, Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson, Radamel Falcao, Nani and Javier Hernandez all could be playing their football elsewhere next season - either on loan or permanently.

Van Gaal has spoken to a number of them already and will conclude discussions over the next few days. "We have a farewell drink after the match and then I have the Monday to talk before I go on holidays," he said.

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