Sunday 18 March 2018

Man United confident David de Gea is staying as Real back off

David de Gea, pictured centre, in the stands during United's win over Spurs at Old Trafford
David de Gea, pictured centre, in the stands during United's win over Spurs at Old Trafford

Manchester United have included David de Gea in their squad for the upcoming Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge.

De Gea watched from the stands as United began their season with a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Manager Louis van Gaal selected Sergio Romero ahead of De Gea as he felt the 24-year-old would not have been able to focus properly on the match after a summer of speculation regarding his future.

Real Madrid are interested in signing the Spain international, but United are refusing to do business with the 10-time European champions unless they get defender Sergio Ramos in return.

It is understood that United are still hopeful of keeping De Gea at United beyond September 1 even though the player was left out of the match day squad and may not feature for the club until after the transfer window closes.

De Gea was later included in United's Champions League squad for the two-legged play-off against Club Brugge.

However, even if he appeared in either of the matches - which take place on August 18 and August 26 - he would still be eligible to represent another club in the group stages of the competition this season, according to UEFA rules.

Also named in the 28-man group were all five of United's summer signings - Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay.

Man Utd squad: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone; Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Paddy McNair, Matteo Darmian, Tyler Blackett; Adnan Januzaj, Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira; Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, James Wilson.

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