De Gea put pen to paper on a new four-year deal on Friday, despite nearly moving to Real Madrid on the final day of the Spanish transfer window.
Van Gaal was seemingly prepared to let the goalkeeper leave but, after the move failed to materialise, he was able to convince the Spaniard to stay.
Ahead of Man United’s game against Liverpool, van Gaal was asked if he was confident whether De Gea would sign a new contract.
“Yes because it is confirmation of what I am always saying, that transfers are a process. I had hope until the end… I am very happy that David De Gea stays because I believe he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He has my best player last year, not only chosen by the fans but also by the players,” van Gaal said.
United fans will be delighted that their goalkeeper has pledged his future to the club. After De Gea’s failed move to Madrid, there was a worry that United could lose their No.1 goalkeeper on a free transfer next summer.
However, the new contract quashes those concerns and the 24-year-old can now focus on getting himself back into United’s first team. With Liverpool due to visit Old Trafford on Saturday, supporters will want to see their best goalkeeper back in net for the biggest game of the season so far.