Friday 20 July 2018

David de Gea not part of the Manchester United squad to play Villa

David de Gea, pictured centre, will not feature for Manchester United at Aston Villa
David de Gea, pictured centre, will not feature for Manchester United at Aston Villa
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Louis van Gaal has confirmed David de Gea is still not mentally fit enough to play for Manchester United.

De Gea sat out United's season-opening win against Tottenham last week. Van Gaal felt he was not able to focus because of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

And Van Gaal has confirmed the goalkeeper will not feature in the club's second game of the campaign against Aston Villa on Friday night..

"No, it's the same situation," the United manager said when asked if De Gea would be in the squad for the Villa game.

Real Madrid appear to have given up in their bid to sign De Gea in this transfer window, according to the latest reports in Spain.

Marca have stated this morning that Real Madrid sources are confirming that they are not prepared to meet Manchester United's asking price for Spanish keeper De Gea and are content to wait to sign the player on a free transfer next summer.

United have slapped a €40m price tag on De Gea and Real Madrid have been adamant from the start of negotiations that they would not pay that fee for a player who will be available for nothing next year.

Relations between the two clubs were also soured by United's aggressive pursuit of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, yet it seems as if this transfer window is likely to end without either transfer being completed.

This latest twisted in the longest running transfer saga of 2015 may well be a final twist that will force De Gea to accept his dream of moving to the Spanish capital will have to be put on hold, with United boss Louis van Gaal keen to have his position resolved in the next few days.

Van Gaal decided to leave De Gea out of his side's opening Premier League game against Tottenham on Saturday, after suggesting he was not in the right frame of mind to start the match.

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