LVG hoping for De Gea stay

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reiterated his desire to retain the services of David de Gea after revealing the goalkeeper would be rested against Spurs.

De Gea continues to be linked with Real Madrid, and Van Gaal feels the constant speculation over his future is starting to have a negative impact on the mentality of the Spaniard.

While he remains hopeful De Gea will still be at Old Trafford beyond the current transfer window, Van Gaal admits the player could leave if Real match United's valuation of their prized asset.

The Red Devils have not publicly set an asking price for De Gea, and when asked whether Real's offer had met their valuation, Van Gaal said: "No, I don't think so.

"We are asking money and they have to pay money. In recent years Manchester United have paid a lot of money on players and not received a lot for our players.

"He's the best goalkeeper we've had for the last three years, I believe.

"The last two years he was nominated by the fans as the best player at the club. Do you think the coach wants him to leave? I don't think so.

"The player still has to manage this situation."