Man United boss defiant over key man, insists star will stay at Old Trafford

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Updated: May 15, 2016

Manchester United manager has insisted goalkeeper David De Gea will remain at the club this summer despite persistent interest from Real Madrid, according to the Sun.

The Spanish stopper was on the verge of a massive summer switch to join Los Blancos last summer, only for the deal to fall at the final hurdle.

After losing his place in the Red Devils’ lineup, he penned a new three-year deal at Old Trafford and was reinstated between the posts.

Since then, the La Roja international has further established himself as one of the premier custodians on the continent with a multitude of Herculean performances.

There is still believed to be interest in the 25-year old from those in the Spanish capital as they bid to capture one of the finest Spanish talents around.

However, van Gaal has backed the former Atletico Madrid man to remain at the Theatre of Dreams and insists he is happy with the Manchester giants.

‘It was written that it was inevitable that he would go to Real in 2016. But it’s not like that’, stated the 64-year old.

‘In this world of football you never know. It can always happen — but I don’t think so. He is very comfortable here.’

‘He has said that many, many times, not only to me but also to his colleagues and the fans — in interviews or things like that — and he’s extended his contract.’