De Gea ‘not eager to play’ against Villa

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that David de Gea has told the club's coaching staff he does not wish to play against Aston Villa on Friday.

David de Gea's future remains shrouded in doubt following continued speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

The Red Devils appear unwilling to part ways with the keeper, though, making a real statement of intent after naming him in their Champions League squad for the coming campaign.

However, the player has his heart set on a return to Spain and seemingly admitted as much after being asked if he wanted to play against Villa on Friday night.

As a result, De Gea has once again been left out of United's matchday squad.

Explaining the decision to leave out De Gea for a second consecutive game, Van Gaal The Times' Tony Barrett: "Frans Hoek, he has a meeting with David de Gea and he asks him, 'Do you want to play?'.

When asked about De Gea's reply, Van Gaal said it was: "No."

The club later moved to clarify the comments made by Van Gaal by issuing a statement. It read: "The manager wants to clarify that the direct answer from David was not 'no', David was not eager to play because of the situation and because he was not 100% focussed due to all the rumours surrounding him."