Van Gaal: I hope De Gea stays at Man United

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The Dutchman praised the goalkeeper following his first pre-season appearance in the 3-1 victory against Barcelona and says he wants him to remain at Old Trafford

Louis van Gaal says he hopes David De Gea stays at Manchester United this summer, but could make no guarantees.

De Gea’s proposed transfer to Real Madrid has been rumbling on all summer, and with no deal in sight he made his first appearance of pre-season in United’s 3-1 victory against Barcelona on Saturday.

The Spain international played an hour at the Levi’s Stadium, California, denying Barca’s Sergi Roberto when through one-on-one in the first half, and earned effusive praise from his manager.

“In spite of his injury – he hasn’t trained for one week – he showed his quality in this game,” van Gaal told reporters.

“The first chance was for Barcelona and when you stop the first chance you can score the first goal – which we did – and that is always a difference in the game.

“Yes of course I do hope De Gea shall stay, but in this world of football you never know.”

Late on Saturday evening in California, De Gea uploaded a picture to Twitter after being re-united with United striker Javier Hernandez.

Hernandez spent last season on loan at Real Madrid and only joined up with the Red Devils on Saturday after injuring his shoulder while playing for Mexico at the start of July.

Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo were also expected to make the trip but Van Gaal revealed neither player arrived.

The Dutchman says Rojo has passport issues but insists he “does not know” why Di Maria did not show up as scheduled, although it is understood he is nearing a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Indeed, PSG boss Laurent Blanc says there is a “good possibility” the move will be completed.

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