Friday 24 November 2017

Louis van Gaal says 'professional' David de Gea will not copy Raheem Sterling tactics

David de Gea
David de Gea
Torino full-back Matteo Darmian is Manchester United-bound

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has praised David de Gea's attitude after he returned to Manchester United training amid serious speculation surrounding a move to Real Madrid.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling reported for training today after a two-day absence.

The unsettled forward is thought to have called in sick on Tuesday and Wednesday, further fuelling already considerable speculation over his future at the club.

The 20-year-old, the subject of two failed bids from Manchester City this summer, is believed to have asked not to travel on the club's pre-season tour of Asia and Australia earlier this week.

However, he praised the attitude of the Spain international, who has 12 months left on his Old Trafford contract and is not concerned that teh Spaniard will adopt similar tactics.

"He is a very professional player and has shown a fantastic attitude until now," he said.

"For every manager it is difficult in this period when players have to go, don't have to go, you have to buy players - it is the most difficult time.

"But I cannot complain about the professional attitude of my players."

Van Gaal has confirmed defender Matteo Darmian is scheduled to have a medical ahead of a move from Torino.

The 25-year-old full-back is travelling to England after a fee, believed to be in the region of £12.7million, was agreed.

"I have read that in the papers. It is true," said the Dutchman.

Asked whether he was on his way to Manchester for a medical, Van Gaal added: "Yes."

The Dutchman was less definitive on the future of Robin van Persie, who is in talks with Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Asked whether he was looking for a another striker because the Holland international was leaving Van Gaal added: "When you say that it is not all true.

"When we feel we can say he is gone you shall hear it from Manchester United. We don't have the feeling yet."

The United manager does not want to make signings just for the sake of it and believes the arrival of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven gives them many options on the forward line.

But he has not ruled out signing another striker.

"I have said many times you know transfers are processes and when I read the papers you can read that also," he said.

"We cannot say anything about our transfers or strategy otherwise our opponents can profit from it.

On whether his plans were on track he replied: "I cannot answer that.

"We have enough strikers, but one [more] is always possible.

"Manchester United will not buy to buy. I am not a manager who wants to buy players, I want to develop players.

"Sometimes we have to buy but when you buy it has to be better than what you have - that is the theory but in the season we shall see if that is true."

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