LONDON, August 22- Louis van Gaal claims unsettled Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will not be sold to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes.
De Gea will once again be left out of the match-day squad when United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday because Van Gaal feels the Spaniard is still not properly focused.
According to reports in Spain, Real will make one last attempt to sign De Gea, whose contract expires next year, before the window shuts on September 1.
But after a week in which United’s reputation took a blow following Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez’s decision to snub United in favour of a move to Chelsea, van Gaal came out fighting at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
The Dutchman insists the lure of United remains as strong as their desire to hold on to two-time player of the year De Gea.
“I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club is not selling,” van Gaal said.
“It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.”