Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has praised ‘want away’ goalkeeper for the way he has returned to the AON Training Complex this summer despite him wanting to join Real Madrid and them wanting to sign him. De Gea reported back to the club on Monday ahead of pre-season and it is suggested that he could travel on the club’s pre-season tour, of which they embark on Monday to Seattle. Real Madrid have reportedly offered £13 million to sign De Gea this summer, a fee that United will not sell for as they are holding out on a record fee for a goalkeeper, which is what the club should be doing.
United have lost some of their best talents to Real Madrid in the past with David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Gabriel Heinze and Cristiano Ronaldo all leaving for the Madrid side, with the latter leaving for £80 million, a fee that could have been so much higher. De Gea has been very professional according to Van Gaal during the past week, showing a great attitude, despite the fact he wants to return to Madrid, even though the player has not suggested anything himself, maintaining his silence. During the press conference on Friday afternoon in which the club unveiled Memphis Depay, Louis van Gaal, reported by the Manchester Evening News, said:
“I think he is a very professional player and he showed fantastic attitude until now and I think that for all my players, not only De Gea, but others who have to behave themselves very professionally.
“That is the difficulty now for every manager. This period when players have to go or not have to go is the most difficult time. I cannot complain about the professional attitude of my players.”
On Saturday evening, Real Madrid announced the departure of veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who leaves the club after 25 years for FC Porto. Casillas form dropped over the past season with the Spaniard making some mistakes and the fickle Real Madrid supporters whistled him, which shows the massive amount of disrespect the so-called supporters of he club have shown. Yes, Casillas made some mistakes, but the defence and other players were to blame also, yet he is being forced out of the club by the supporters who crave ‘galactico’ signings, yet fail to do much with them. Real Madrid have not won La Liga for three seasons now, which is poor considering the talent they have on offer. Balance seems to be the key with so many other clubs, but when supporters are fickle and only want major signings, I guess you soon see things when they turn bad.
There are reports, albeit on Twitter suggesting that Real Madrid will head to Manchester in order to sort out a deal for David De Gea before Monday, meaning that the Spaniard would not head to Seattle with United, but rather to Australia later in the week with Real Madrid, as currently, with Casillas out of the door and Keylor Navas injured, they have not one fit, experienced goalkeeper. It is clear that Real Madrid will pull out all the stops to sign De Gea this summer, but Manchester United can to not sell the player, letting him run his contract down and leave for free in a years time. That seems to be something United are actively pushing for, if only to make Real Madrid pay a fee that the club would accept for the player. This saga could be over very soon, but there is also an even bigger chance that it will continue throughout the summer.