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LVG: “De Gea doesn’t want to play for United”

Football Manchester United v ArsenalLouis Van Gaal has claimed that David De Gea does not want to play for Manchester United, casting further doubts over the goalkeeper’s future.

The Spaniard, who has been at the centre of a prolonged transfer sagas after refusing to extend his deal at Old Trafford as he seeks a move to Real Madrid, missed United’s first game of the season last weekend and was not included in the squad that will travel to Villa Park later today.

The United manager said he could not trust the 24-year-old to play on Friday, as he’s made clear he wants to move back to Spain.

“We talked with him [De Gea] and he fully agreed with our decision,” Van Gaal said.

“I have one assistant coach and another assistant coach so we speak about that kind of thing together. We have a goalkeeping coach, Frans Hoek, and I’m not doing everything alone.

“Then I have to take the decision. It is a process.

“We had been observing him in preparation, he was not so good, he was not the same David de Gea as before. He was my best player last season. According to the fans, he was the best of the last two years.”