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Van Gaal plays down De Gea exit talk

Van Gaal plays down De Gea exit talk

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The Manchester United boss is not worried about any renewed interest from Real Madrid to sign the keeper before their transfer ban comes into effect.

Under fire Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal dampened down suggestions that David de Gea could be moving to Real Madrid by the end of the month.

A deal for the Spaniard between the two clubs collapsed in acrimonious fashion on the final day of the last transfer window but there are suggestions los blancos may renew their interest in the goalkeeper this month.

The Red Devil’s coach brushed aside claims that De Gea might be lured back to the Spanish capital during a press conference today: “I don't think that kind of thing plays on David’s mind”, said Van Gaal.

“I can see now that he is happy here at Manchester United and he’s playing well”.

On the back of the sanction handed down by FIFA yesterday, which excludes any player signings for the next two transfer windows, Real Madrid would need to sign De Gea by 31 January. The world governing body of football is accusing the Madrid and Atlético Madrid of breaching regulations in the signing of young players.

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