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Real Madrid’s Offer for De Gea Not Enough Claims Louis Van Gaal
- Updated: August 10, 2015
Louis van Gaal has claimed that Real Madrid are unlikely to make the transfer demands of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spaniard is widely linked with a return to Madrid, where he started his career but with arch-rivals Atletico Madrid. Madrid identified him as the replacement for Iker Casillas, who has already joined FC Porto, more than a year ago. The player has just 12 months left on his contract and is determined to join Madrid one way or the other. The lack of a long-term contract means that United are in grave danger of losing him for nothing.
De Gea can talk with foreign clubs like Madrid from January if his contract situation stays the same. However, United have offered him a new deal worth around £ 160,000 per week. The player is yet to sign this contract, which has been on his table for several weeks. Madrid are believed to bid no more than £ 13 million for the player, while Van Gaal and United value the player at closer to £ 25 million. The Dutchman has claimed that the Spaniard has been one of the best goalkeepers over the last three years and it is highly displeasing to know that Madrid had made such a low offer for him. Van Gaal said:
“He’s the best goalkeeper we’ve had for the last three years, I believe.
“The last two years he was nominated by the fans as the best player at the club. Do you think the coach wants him to leave? I don’t think so. The player still has to manage this situation.”
The goalkeeper was left out of the match day squad against Tottenham, which was a huge surprise given that it was the opening game of the season. However, Van Gaal stated that the player was not right in his mind and this was clearly evident from the training sessions before the game. United went on to win the encounter 1-0 with De Gea’s replacement Sergio Romero going on to make crucial saves. Romero came to United on a free transfer from Sampdoria.
United are a massive club with incredible financial resources, but even a club of this stature cannot do without the financial help received from the sale of a player. Van Gaal has pointed to this aspect when he said: “We are asking money and they have to pay money. In recent years Manchester United have paid a lot of money on players and not received a lot for our players.”
But it remains to be seen if United will stand by their philosophy of not budging to the demands of Madrid. After all, De Gea will be free to join Madrid next summer.