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Louis van Gaal: It is tough to persuade David de Gea to stay at Manchester United

FOOTBALL By Mirror | May 18th 2015

Louis van Gaal fears David De Gea has played his last game for Manchester United – but has warned he will not be sold on the cheap.

Van Gaal admitted De Gea, who went off injured in Sunday's draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford with 16 minutes left, is finding it hard to resist the lure of a return to Spain with Real Madrid.

But Van Gaal warned that United will not let De Gea go for anything less than their valuation of him, despite the fact he has just one season left on his contract.

“With every individual transfer it is a process, and it is a process for David De Gea,” said Van Gaal.

“He shall not leave us so easily, because we have a great club. But, of course, he is Spanish, his girlfriend is Spanish, he can go to another great club and that is for him to decide.

“He has to decide, because we have given a fantastic contract because we want him to stay.

"He is a Spanish international, still behind Iker Casillas, now a Spanish club is coming [in for him], his girlfriend is Spanish, his father and mother come every week or every two weeks here, so it’s difficult.”

Although it looks like De Gea has made his mind up to leave United after four seasons and join Real, Van Gaal warned the 24-year-old to think twice about what he will be leaving behind.

“I don’t think I can persuade him because he knows everything he has at this moment here at Manchester United,” said Van Gaal.

“So I don’t have to say something in benefit of Manchester United, because he can feel it every day. You have seen the fans, they are unbelievable. When he is going, he is losing that. Here he has a lot of credit. He has to decide."

Asked if Victor Valdes, the former Barcelona keeper who came on for his United debut when he replaced De Gea, can fill the void if his compatriot leaves, Van Gaal refused to be drawn.

“You have to wait and see how we decide,” said Van Gaal. “I cannot say anything about transfers or what I like to say to the players, because first I shall talk with the players, then the media.”

On-loan striker Radamel Falcao also looks to be on his way this summer, with the Colombia international waving to the Old Trafford fans in an apparent farewell gesture when he was substituted.

But Van Gaal refused to give anything away on his future.

“You know how the situation is of Falcao,” said the United boss. “At the end of the season we will decide.”

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