While David de Gea has yet to sign the new offer being put forward by Manchester United, manager Louis van Gaal believes the goalkeeper will stay with them.
“I think he shall have a very difficult solution,” Van Gaal said of De Gea’s current status. “He is loved by the fans, he loves the environment. When he goes he loses that. It’s a difficult decision, because he is not making the decision.”
The 24-year old goalkeeper’s current contract with the Red Devils will run until next year. United management has already made a new offer which would see De Gea earning £200,000, making him one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in the European circuit. However, the player has yet to sign the new contract and is expected to make a decision only after the season is over.
Earlier, van Gaal admitted that the delay has made him anxious his team might end up losing the goalkeeper. The 63-year old manager also said that he can’t do anything but wait whether the keeper will stay or decide to leave.
Van Gaal also said that they are already considering the possibility that De Gea might not renew and are currently taking a look at some possible replacements. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is said to be one of the most likely candidates. However, sources said that United might not make a run for it should Lloris prove to be too pricey. The team is also currently looking for other players to fill in its needs.
Several teams have also shown interest in getting De Gea, thge most notable being Spanish ballclub Real Madrid. The Whites are reportedly eyeing the goalkeeper as part of their efforts to improve their defensive capabilities. Real team captain and fellow keeper Iker Casillas has remarked that he would welcome De Gea wholeheartedly should the latter decide to move to their side.