Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expressed his worries that he might lose one of his key players, as goalkeeper David De Gea has yet to sign the contract offered to him by the team.

“It takes a long time now,” he said in a recent news conference when asked about the status of De Gea’s ne contract. “So … it can always happen. I am not the boss. I want him to stay.”

The goalkeeper;s current contract with United is set to expire next year, but Manchester has already laid out a new contract that would see him earning £200,000 a week, making him the highest-paid goalkeeper to date. However, the 24-year old has yet to sign the new deal.

Real Madrid has also shown interest in signing up De Gea, but has yet to make a formal offer. If United is unable to resign him, he will be eligible for free transfer next summer. Aloternatively, the team might be forced to sell him so as not to risk an £18 million buy.

“The player is the boss he can say yes or no,” van Gaal admits. “You will have to ask David de Gea not me. He has to sign. We have offered him a lot of money.”

Meanwhile, van Gaal has been very busy building up his team this season, having signed up six players in the summer of last year, though four of them-  Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao- moved in only near the end of the transfer season. He also said that his team is interested in getting PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels.

The manager also said that he much prefer recruiting desired players early, though he stressed that there are always a lot of considerations.  “Of course it’s an advantage but it’s also dependable on the market, which players are free, which players want the clubs in the world to sell. It’s not so easy and I don’t want to buy every player.”

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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