Van Gaal: De Gea not for sale

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has cleared the air by declaring that goalkeeper David De Gea is not for sale. 

De Gea has been strongly linked to Real Madrid this summer, which has led Van Gaal to leave the keeper on the sidelines as he doesn't feel the 24-year-old is in the right state of mind to be representing United. 

However, it now appears that De Gea will be staying at Old Trafford for the time being, at least until is contract expires at the end of the current campaign.

While securing the services of the talented keeper for the short-term may be a boost, United have endured some frustration of late in the transfer market, with a move for Barcelona forward Pedro falling through. Rather than join the Red Devils, Pedro will turn out for Chelsea after the Blues paid £21 million for the 28-year-old.

Despite this, Van Gaal believes that a club of United's stature can compete with anyone in the transfer market.

"I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, [apart from] when a club is not selling," he told reporters. "Okay, then it is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea. It's the same."