Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced that goalkeeper David de Gea will not be in the lineup against Aston Villa on Friday, as de Gea’s future is still up in the air.
Van Gaal spoke with the media ahead of Friday’s fixture and revealed that Sergio Romero will be in net again for United. De Gea was held out of the lineup on Opening Day as United grabbed a 1-0 win over Tottenham after an own goal by Kyle Walker.
Van Gaal said that de Gea will not be selected until the end of the transfer window. There’s still speculation that Real Madrid is making a move for the 24-year-old goalkeeper. Van Gaal said before the opening game against Tottenham that de Gea was not in the right frame of mind as transfer rumors still looming over him.
“No, it’s the same situation,” van Gaal said.
With only one year left on his contract, de Gea could leave as a free transfer next summer unless he’s sold. The Spanish international has been United’s best player for the past two seasons, so van Gaal and United aren’t exactly keen on selling de Gea. The Daily Mail reports that the price tag on de Gea is around $55 million.
Van Gaal also spoke about the importance of improving the team’s record on the road.
“The key for success this season is improving away matches,” said van Gaal to the Daily Mail. “We were one of the best last season at home, third in the league. I wanted to create a fortress at Old Trafford. We did that but away we have to improve and we can improve because last year we were not good.”