De Gea will remain at Man Utd insists Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stated that he expects in demand keeper David De Gea to remain at the club beyond the end of his current deal Sky Sports is reporting.

Speculation has been persistent that De Gea could return to Spain this month, and potentially Real Madrid, thanks to his superb form that has seen him secure points for his club on his won.

This only increased when United announced the signing of former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes this week after he had been training with the club to gain fitness – the Spaniard needing to recover from a long term knee injury.

However, Van Gaal has insisted there is nothing to be read in to his decision to bring in the decorated stopper and that he has already warned Valdes he faces a big fight to displace his current number one.

He said: “I think there is no problem for (De Gea) to sign. When you are a (regular) player, then probably you are the best, and then the manager is very happy that a player that is fixed in the line-up will stay.

“David de Gea has developed himself in the six months that I’ve been here very much. I’m very pleased with his development.”

The 24-year-old has played every league game for his club so far this season and while he has only kept six clean sheets, a string of the finest performances have stopped a number of goals from his unconvincing back line in front of him.

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