Manchester: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has dropped a strong hint that goalkeeper David de Gea may have played his last game for the club. De Gea, who has been heavily linked with Real Madrid, was forced off injured after 74 minutes of United's 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the EPL.
Manchester United custodian David de Gea
That means he is now doubtful for the final game of the season at Hull and, beyond that, Van Gaal has indicated he expects La Liga giants Real to make a move.
Van Gaal was asked repeatedly about De Gea's future after the game at Old Trafford and, although he said the 24-year-old Spaniard would "not leave us so easily" he appeared braced for such an outcome.
Van Gaal said: "You are asking things I cannot answer because I don't know. I have also said a transfer is an individual thing. It is a process. He has to decide because we have given (him) a fantastic contract because we want him to stay — fantastic season, I think.
"But I analyse his position and then I say he is Spanish, he is a Spanish international and now a Spanish club is coming. His girlfriend is Spanish."
De Gea, signed from £18.9million from Atletico Madrid four years ago, has developed into one of the world's best keepers at Old Trafford and enjoyed an outstanding campaign. Asked if Real had already made an approach Van Gaal said, "I don't know".