Most fans consider De Gea’s absence as writing on the wall for his potential move to Real Madrid but it was believed his absence was down to his current mental state, rather than not wanting to play for the club.
However, speaking to reporters in the embargoed section of this week’s press conference, Van Gaal said: “We talked with him [De Gea] and he fully agreed with our decision.
“I have one assistant coach and another assistant coach so we speak about that kind of thing together. We have a goalkeeping coach, Frans Hoek, and I’m not doing everything alone.
“Frans Hoek … he has a meeting with David de Gea and he asked him: ‘Do you want to play?’” Asked what the response was, Van Gaal said: “‘No.’
“Then I have to take the decision. It is a process. We had been observing him in preparation, he was not so good, he was not the same David de Gea as before. He was my best player last season. According to the fans, he was the best of the last two years.”
The news comes as a big surprise for United fans as they have stuck alongside De Gea the whole way, so it would be a kick in the teeth for him to then refuse to play for the club.
From a completely different altogether, the Daily Mail reports De Gea is baffled by these comments and says he has not refused to play. At this stage, fans are finding it difficult to know who to trust.
One thing is for sure – if De Gea were to stay at United past this summer, and his protracted move to Real Madrid was delayed, it wouldn’t affect his performances.
De Gea desperately wants to be Spain’s No.1 for the 2016 European Championships and will therefore put in as much effort as possible to make sure he claims that spot.
United are currently standing firm on De Gea’s valuation and unless an agreement can be found with Real Madrid over a price, he’ll be going nowhere this summer