Louis van Gaal admits David de Gea’s desire to leave Man United is an unwanted distraction

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confessed that David de Gea’s protracted move to Real Madrid has been an unwanted distraction as the club prepare for the new season, the Metro reports.

The Metro claims that the Spanish international is desperate to return to his native country this summer, but United are not keen on letting him go on the cheap, even though he has just one year remaining on his current deal.

De Gea has been included in United’s pre-season tour of the United States last month, and started the previous two games, including the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday, in which van Gaal had to defend the goalkeeper’s poor performance despite his lack of match sharpness (via Daily Star).

And as United head toward a Champions League playoff, as well as the start of the new Premier League season, the Dutchman has admitted that the player’s protracted move to the Bernabeu has left a dark cloud hanging over the club’s preparations.

“We have a situation that is not favourable for De Gea but neither for us and neither for the club that maybe he wants to go to,” admitted Van Gaal.

“‘Poor’ I cannot say but he made a mistake. That’s not poor. Everybody can make mistakes but when a goalkeeper makes a mistake it is mostly a goal and that’s the difference.

“We have a situation that is not favourable for David de Gea, but neither for us and neither for the club that maybe he wants to go (to).”

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